Posted by R. Berg on August 16, 2003
In Reply to: We hardly knew ye posted by Andrew C on August 16, 2003
: This more a question of origins than of meaning.
: "(deceased person), we hardly knew ye"
: I've seen it all over the place, but the only reference that comes to mind was on a Simpsons where Troy McClure does his riff: "You may remember me from such films as 'Andre the Giant: We Hardly Knew Ye'...".
: Of course this same phrase pops up frequently in jest, but can anyone find where this first became popularized? Or at the very least a reference pre-dating Simpsons?
It comes from an old Irish antiwar song, "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye." Click on link below (or http://www.instantknowledgenews.com/johnny.htm ).