Love at the Endings

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X:1 T:Love At The Endings M:2/2 L:1/8 C:Ed Reavy S:The Collected Compostions of Ed Reavy R:Reel N:Who can forget the impassioned speech of N:O'Killigan in O'Casey's Purple Dust, especially when he sets out to N:woo Avril away from her British lord. O'Killigan has only the simple N:things in his favor. But Avril finally succumbs to his grand talk as N:he urges her "to spit out what's here" and make a home with him out N:in the west of Ireland where they'll both find "things to say and N:things to do, and love at the endings." Z:Joe Reavy K:D FE|DEFA BcdB | AF (3FDF AFEF | DEFA (3BcB AF | (3GFE (3FED B,DDF | DEFA BcdB | AF (3FEF ABde | fgfe dfec |1 dBAF D3 E:|2 dBAF D3 g || fgfe defg | afbf afed | fgfe dfbf | afdf e2 de | fgfe dcdB | AF (3FEF E2 DE | FABc dfec |1 dBAF d3 g :|2 dBAF D3E :||

LOVE AT THE ENDINGS. AKA – "Head of Cabbage (The)." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Composed by County Cavan/Philadelphia composer and fiddler Ed Reavy (1898–1988), and one of his more enduring compositions. Ed's son Joe Reavy alludes to O'Casey's Purple Dust, in which O'Killigan speaks in an effort to woo Avril away from ther British lord and move with him to the west of Ireland. He suggests they'll find "things to say and things to do, and love at the endings."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Reavy (The Music of Corktown); p. 20. Reavy (The Collected Compositions of Ed Reavy), No. 12, p. 12. Taylor (Through the Half-Door), 1992; No. 32, p. 23.

Recorded sources : - Folkways 8876, Kevin Burke – "Sweeney's Dream" (1977). Ossian Publications OSS-18, Kevin Burke – "Sweeney's Dream." Outlet SOLP 1033, Josephine Keegan – "Irish Traditional Music" (1977). Shanachie SHA 79018, De Danann – "Star Spangled Molly" (appears as "The Head of Cabbage"—see note for that tune for an explanation). Shaskeen – "Atlantic Breeze."

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's [2]
Hear fiddler Louie Quinn and Ed Reavy play the tune at the Comhaltas Archive [3]
Hear flute players Cormac O'Connell and Patsy Hanly play the reel at the Comhaltas Archive [4]

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