Far from Home
X:1 T:Far from Home M:C| L:1/8 K:G |:GE DE G3A|B2 BA Bc d2|GE DE G3B|AG AB AG E2| GE DE G3A|B2 BA Bc d2|ed ef ge dc|BG AF G4:| |:g3ef3d|ed ef ed B2|ge dB G2 GB|AG AB AG E2| GE DE G2 GA|B3A Bc d2|ed ef ge dc|BG AF G4:||
FAR FROM HOME ("Slan Beo Leat" or "Fad Ua Baile"). Irish, English, Shetland, American; Reel. USA; New England, Northwest. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AABB (Cranitch, Frets Magazine, Miller & Perron, O'Neill/Krassen, Raven). Bayard (1981) collected a version in Pennsylvania called, "Butcher's Row (The)." Many have pointed out the similarity to the popular hornpipe "Going to California/Off to California (1)," especially in the first four measures of the 2nd strain, which are quite similar, as is the return to the 1st strain theme for the finish of the 2nd (i.e. AA'BA form). Nigel Gatherer remarks that "many people think of this tune as a Shetland reel; I've even seen it on CD's as 'Far Frae Home'!" He attributes this to its being included in sets of Shetland tunes by the Boys of the Lough on their albums "Good Friends...Good Music" (1977) and "Far From Home."