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X:1 T:Captain Thompson M:C L:1/8 R:Air S:Joyce - Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion Q:"Slow" K:Dmin (3A=Bc|d3e f2e2|(d3c) A2 GE|D3E F2G2|A6 A2| d3e f2e2|(d3c) A2 GE|A2 GE D2D2|D6|| AG|F2F2F2 ED|E2E2E2DC|D3E F2G2|A6A2| d3e f2e2|(d2c2)A2 GE|A2 GE D2D2|D6||



CAPTAIN THOMPSON. AKA and see "Maid of Castlecraigh," "Stormy Voyage." Irish, Air (4/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "An indifferent setting of this fine melody, under the name of 'The Maid of Castlecraigh,' was published in 1842, in The Native Music of Ireland. I give here what I believe to be a much superior setting, as I heard it sung from my earliest days among the people of Limerick, and as it was published in 1872 in my Ancient Irish Music. The first part closely resembles the first part of the air to which Moore has written his song 'Oh, Arranmore, loved Arranmore'" (Joyce).

As we were safely sailing to a place called Newfoundland,
The wind arose ahead of us, and our ship was at a stand:
"All hands aloft"-bold Thompson cries-"or we'll be cast away;
All firmly stand or we ne'er shall land in the North of Amerikay!"


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 18. Elias Howe (Howe’s 500 Irish Melodies Ancient and Modern), Boston, c. 1880; p. 501 (a collection of “Irish” tunes from previous Howe publications, plus 200 tunes from P.M. Joyce’s 1873 Ancient Irish Music). Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 380, p. 188.






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