William Percy French (1854–1920) of Co. Roscommon wrote the lyrics to this song ca. 1896 on a postcard that he then sent to music hall composer, William Houston Collison. The song tells the story of a man working away from home in London, recounting both the strange things he sees and his longing to be home. Newfoundland song scholar Anna Kearney Guiné notes, 'The song's mass appeal may be attributed more to modern media than tradition. The song was popularized by the Australian tenor Peter Dawson (1882–1961).' Dawson's recordings apparently were in circulation in at least some Newfoundland localities (Guigné 2016:274).
Stephanie Nash used a field recording of her grandfather, Frankie Nash, as the basis of this recording. The field recording possibily was made by Aidan O'Hara during a visit to Branch, Newfoundland. Stephanie Nash splices in recordings of herself singing in alternation with the field recording. This 'remix' was created for the fortieth anniversary of Frankie Nash's death.