My true love has gone from me

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MY TRUE LOVE HAS GONE FROM ME. Irish, Air (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. O'Neill (1922) says: "This air like scores of others was unconsciously memorized in my boyhood days at Tralibane some three miles southeast of Bantry, West Cork. All that I can remember now of the ballad sung to it is the distich:

My true love he has gone from me, and I can't tell how far,
Eighteen hundred thousand miles, on board of a man of war.

It is not likely that the poetaster in equalizing his meter realized the absurdity of a voyage equal to seventy-two times the circumference of the earth."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922.

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