Dawning of the Day (4) (The)
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DAWNING OF THE DAY , THE (Fáinne geal an lae). AKA and see "Boating on Lough Rea." Irish, Air or March (2/4 or 4/4 time). E Flat Major (Stanford/Petrie): D Major (Cranitch, Tubridy): G Major (Ó Canainn, Scanlon). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Cranitch, Ó Canainn, Scanlon, Tubridy): AB (Stanford/Petrie). The melody is within the span of an octave. A variant is "Oh Johnny dearest Johnny what dyed your hands and cloaths?", which is also (as Paul de Grae points out) the air of "Bantry Girls' Lament (The)" (referring to Bantry in County Wexford). Petrie's air compares closely (save key) with that in Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs, No. 774 (see "Dawning of the Day (2) (The)".