Westgate - When Paddy Jumped Over The Bridge
songs we wrote for a Melbourne T.V. station as background for
documentary on the history of the Westgate bridge when it opened
across the River Yarra. We later recorded it at the Bushland Dreaming
concert, not knowing that Paddy Hanaphy, the man in the song,
was in the audience and with him unaware
that we would sing the song.
WHEN PADDY JUMPED OVER THE BRIDGE
John J. Armstrong
them standing in a row all dressed up to the nines
come to see the bridge complete and capture the headlines
grand politicians and the building bosses too
come to be the first across the bridge
when Paddy jumped over the bridge he spoiled all their plans
Paddy jumped over the bridge all the workers clapped their hands
was here before you were" he said as the organisers cursed
the last span fell into place a working man was first.
was on a Thursday morning as Paddy was going to lunch
just walked off .that fated span when he heard the awful crunch
the mates that Paddy lost that day he made a solemn vow
meself will be the first across the bridge."