Banks of the Roses (The)

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BANKS OF THE ROSES, THE. AKA - "Banks of the Daisies," "Banks of Primroses (The)." Irish, Air (4/4 or 2/2 time). F Major (Joyce); G Major (Goodman). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Joyce):. "There is a setting in Stanford-Petrie with the name, 'The Banks of the Daisies.' The version I give here is different.

If ever I get married it's in the month of May,
When the fields they are green and the meadows they are gay,
When my truelove and I can sit sport and play
All alone on the banks of the roses ........(Joyce)

The air was entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript (vol. 2, p. 170) of Canon James Goodman (County Cork) under the title "Banks of Primroses (The)."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - James Goodman (1828-1896) entered the tune into his manuscript, having obtained it from the music manuscript collections of Seán Ó Dálaigh (John O'Daly, 1800-1878), the great nineteenth-century scribe; compiler and collector of manuscripts; editor; anthologist; publisher of Gaelic verse and stories and founder of societies for the publication of Gaelic literature, best-known today for his volume ‘’’Poets and Poetry of Munster’’’ (1849). O’Daly was born in the Sliabh gCua area of west Waterford and was, like Goodman, a teacher of Irish.

Printed sources : - Joyce ('Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 128, p. 65.

Recorded sources: -

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