My mind it is uneasy
Back to My mind it is uneasy
MY MIND IT IS UNEASY. Irish, Air (4/4 time). D Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. "This song is an example of the consummate taste and skill of those unlearned old song-writers in suiting words to music: for both song and air are characterised by intense sadness. I learned both in childhood; I never heard either air or song outside my own home; and I do not believe that they have ever been printed. Though the words are rude and artless, it is well worth printing them for their passionate earnestness" (Joyce).
My mind it is uneasy for a fair lass that lives near home;
For love it has ensnared me, I never am let alone;
O love has ensnared me, which causes my head to reel;
She's the fairest in this nation, that fair lass I do esteem.
Source for notated version:
Joyce (Irish Peasant Songs in the English Language), 1906; pp. 16–17 (pp. 12–13 in later editions).
Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 388, pp. 195–196.