My Darling Asleep
X:1 T:My Darling Asleep M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:Jerry O'Brien's Accordion Instructor (Boston, 1949) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D d/e/|fdd cAA|BGG A2G|FAA def|gfg eag| fdd cAA|BGG A2G|FAA def|gec d2:| |:A/G/|FAA ABB|FAA BGG|FAA def|gfg eag| fdd cAA|BGG A2G|FAA def|gec d2:|
MY DARLING ASLEEP (Mo muirnin 'sa codlad). Irish, Double Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (most versions): AABBCC (Harker/Rafferty). A popular Irish session tune; so much so, in fact, that it is sometimes seen as hackneyed, leading some wags to call it "My Darling's a Sheep." Chief Francis O'Neill originally collected the tune from Abram Beamish as "My Darling in Bed," but amended the title when he included it in MOI so as to preclude any suggestive connotations. In a letter to Bernard Bogue (5/28/1917) O'Neill wrote:
A rare tune unknown to all of us named “My darling in bed” was noted down from the playing of Abram S. Beamish (born within 5 miles of my birthplace in West Cork). For obvious reasons the title was modified to "My Darling Asleep."
Robin Williamson's source for the tune, Leo Rowsome, died in 1970 after establishing himself as a key figure in Irish piping, both as a player and maker of pipes. Rowsome recorded the jig in 1948, but the first sound recording of "My Darling's Asleep" was by Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Band, in 1929. Sullivan's band recorded some 106 sides in the 78 RPM era, a prolific output. Personnel included Sullivan on piano, Murty Rabbett on piccolo, Neil Nolan on banjo, and George Tapley on accordion.
Some see similarities in "Wink of Her Eye (2) (The)," "Bold John O'Leary."
- Currently in the ITMA collections, Dublin.