Notes on the text
It’s a long way to Tipperary, it’s a long way to go;[Page 305, line 14] firing-irons ORG suggests that this means the branding irons on a ranch. As the brands make permanent marks on an animal’s hide, so special smells, sounds, places and scenes affect us permanently (a recurrent theme in Kipling).
It’s a long way to Tipperary, to the sweetest girl I know;
Good-bye, Piccadilly, farewell Leicester Square!
It’s a long, long way to Tipperary,
But my heart’s right there!