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NEWRY MOUNTAIN. Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "This (tune was) sent to me in 1875 by Mr. W. M'Kimmin of Newry, who says he remembers both from childhood."

At the foot of Newry Mountain clear water does flow,
There lives a wee lassie far whiter than snow;
The blackberry blossom round her fair neck does twine,
She's a nice little girl, and she says she'll be mine" .... [Joyce].

The the words are similar to those of the song "Grá geal mo Chroí," which begins:

At the foot of Newry mountain
Clear water does flow.
There lives a wee lassie
Far whiter than snow.
She's slender in the waist
For all young men to see
And her name in plain Irish
Is Grá geal mo Chroí.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 209, p. 103.

Recorded sources:

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