Caoinead an Spailpín
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CAOINEAD AN SPAILPÍN ("Wandering Laborer's Lament (The)" or "Spalpeen's Lament (The)"). AKA – "Caoineadh an Spailpín." Irish, Air. Ireland, West Kerry. D Mixolydian/Minor (Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham): G Mixolydian/Dorian (Cranitch): A Mixolydian/Dorian (Ó Canainn). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Cranitch, Ó Canainn): AB (Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham). Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham's version is in 4/4 time, Cranitch's in mixed 4/4 and 5/4 time, and Ó Canainn's in 3/4 time. The subject of the song is the spailpín, or wandering farm laborer, "the most wretched of the many wretched classes in Ireland," according to the Devon Commission of 1843.