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X:71 T:Doran's Ass M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Polka B:Deloughery - Sliabh Luachra on Parade (1980, No. 71) N:From the playing of Terry Teahan Z:Patrick Cavanagh K:D FA AB/c/ | d2 de/f/ | ge fd | BA FA |FA AB/c/ | d2 de/f/ | ge fd | BA A2:| |fa af | ed de | fa af | e/g/e de |fa af | edd/e/f | gefd | BA A2 :||



DORAN'S ASS. AKA and see "Finnegan's Wake (2)?," "Paddy Doyle's Ass." English, American; Polka, March or Reel. USA, southwestern Pa. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. According to Bayard (1981) the title is the one the tune is most commonly known by, and comes from a "stage Irish" song [Roud No. 1010]. A variant of it was published by J.O. Bebbington sometime before 1859, and archived at the Bodleian Library. It was widely disseminated, with versions collected in much of the English-speaking world, and was known, for example, in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Pennsylvania as a folk song (where it was sometimes called "Dolan's Ass"). The first couple of stanzas of the comic words (which include the Irish tropes of drunkenness, superstitiousness and gullibility) go:

One Paddy Doyle lived near Killarney,
And loved a maid called Biddy Tool,
His tongue I own was tipp'd with blarney,
Which seemed to him a golden rale.
From day to day she was hie colleen,
Then often to himself would say,
What need I care ? sure here's my drollion
A coming to met me on the way.
Tol lol, &c,

One heavenly night in last November,
The moon shining brightly from above,
What night it was I don't remember,
But Paddy want to meet his lobe,
That day Paddy took some liquor,
Which made his spirits light and gay,
He says, What's the use of moving quicker,
For I know she'll meet me on the way.
Tol lol, &c.

"Doran's Ass" also forms part of the Irish quadrille "Off to Skelligs--2nd Figure."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Hiram Horner [Bayard]. Horner was a fifer from Fayette/Westmoreland Counties, Pa., from whom Bayard collected the tune in 1944. Horner said he learned it from Scots fifer David P. Henderson, although Bayard remarked the melody was from a "stage" Irish song, known in Pennsylvania as a folk song that was sometimes called "Dolan's Ass." Horner was from a long line of fifers, including his grandfather and great-grandfather.

Printed sources : - Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 276, pp. 231-232. Deloughery (Sliabh Luachra on Parade), 1980; No. 71.

Recorded sources : - Gennett Records 5667 (78 RPM), Frank Quinn (1925).

See also listing at :
See the Ballad Index entry for the song [1]



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