Last night as I was thinking of the ways of the world
LAST NIGHT AS I WAS THINKING OF THE WAYS OF THE WORLD. AKA - "Areir as me ag Machtnamh air bheartaibh an t-saoghail," "Better let them alone," "'B' fhearr Leigean Dóibh." Irish, Slow Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB.
Sources for notated versions: "...sent me by Mr. Victor Power of Leap Co. Cork, a good amateur violinist, with much knowledge of Irish music: about 1875" [Joyce]; the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of uilleann piper and Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman [Shields].
Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 197, pp. 97-98. Shields (Tunes of the Munster Pipers), 1999; No. 151, p. 65.