Religion: not determined yet
Name: Barney O'Flynn
Publisher(s): Chicago Grand Opera
First Appearance: Babes in Toyland (1903)
Number of Appearances: 1
In Act 1 of the original operetta "Babes in Toyland" (1903), one of the musical numbers is "Barney O'Flynn." This song is sung by Contrary Mary and the Chorus. O'Flynn himself is not a character portrayed in the operetta. He is apparently only mentioned in the song.
It is likely that the song "Barney O'Flynn" is based heavily on a folk song in circulation in America, a song that dates back at least to the 1870s. That song tells of Barney O'Flynn, "who had no breeches to wear and got him a sheepskin to make a pair." William Allen White mentions hearing this song in Kansas in the 1870s in his Autobiography (1946).
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