Farmer Hayes

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FARMER HAYES (Feilmoir Ui Aeda). AKA and see "Fig For All My Foes (A)," "God Be with Old Ireland," "I'm Now in the Land of Liberty," "Poor Pat Must Emigrate." Irish, Slow Air (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The title comes from a song, "Farmer Michael Hayes" ("The Pursuit of Farmer Michael Hayes"), which begins:

I am a bold undaunted fox that never was before on tramp,
My rent, rate and taxes I was willing for to pay.
I made my name in fine good land,
Between Tipperary and Ochlong;
Where my forefathers lived and died,
A thousand years or so.

A version is in Zimmerman's Songs of Irish Rebellion. "Raking Paudheen Rue" is a cognate tune, according to Francis O'Neill, who thought they came from a common origin, along with "McKenna's Dream," "Raking Red-haired Pat," and "Bold Undaunted Fox (The)" [Irish Folk Music, 1910, p. 69].

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 50, p. 34. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 63, p. 11.

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