sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, March 18, 2016

Irish Music

St. Patrick's Day has reminded me of so many beautiful songs from Ireland that I thought today might be a nice time to share. Aileen Duinn (dark haired Alan)  is a song about a woman who misses her man and would do anything to be with him. The Crow on the Cradle by Mary Black is a song of the troubles in Northern Ireland and is no less haunting.


How sorrowful I am
Early in the morning rising 

I would go with you, Brown-haired Alan, ò hì, I would go with you 

If your pillow is the sand
If your bed is the seaweed 

I would go with you, Brown-haired Alan, ò hì, I would go with you 

If the fish are your bright candles
If the seals are your watchmen

I would go with you, Brown-haired Alan, ò hì, I would go with you


I'll end this with the late, great Liam Clancy singing Mary Ellen Carter, with his brief commentary.

8 comments:

  1. Touching and evocative... They KNOW how to do music over there!

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    1. The Irish and Celtic peoples certainly have a way with song.

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  2. Ireland is a mixture of beautiful scenery, lasses, and music, all thrown against terrible fighting and death. All jokes aside about the drinking and stuff. they are a beautiful and hardy lot.

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  3. Irish. They make fine booze.

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    1. They excel at making it and consuming it.

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  4. "Rise and rise again." Cracking tune.

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  5. Tis mystical music for hardy souls...

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