Now I am tired and wish I was at home

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X:1 T:Now I'm weary and wish I was at home T:Prodigal Son, The M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air B:William Forde music manuscript collection N:Forde collected the tune from piper Hugh O'Beirne Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Emin E/G/A/B/ |c2 c2 (3BAc|(BA)(GE) (3GED|E2 (EG)(AB)|A2G2 E/G/A/B/| cd e2 (3edc|(BA)(GA) (3BAG|A2 (3GEG (3AGE|E2E2|| G2 (GA)(BA)|A2G2 B/A/G/E/|E2 (EG)(AB)|A2G2 E/G/A/B/| cd eg (3edc|BAGA (3BAG|A2 (3GEG (3AGE|E2 E2||



NOW I AM TIRED/WEARY AND WISH I WAS AT HOME. AKA - "The Prodigal Son." Irish, Air (3/4 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle) AB. Fr. John Quinn points out that George Petrie (or perhaps his editor, Charles Villiers Stanford) made alterations in the original air, collected from Leitrim piper Hugh O'Beirne. First, the word 'weary' in the title was changed in favor of 'tired', and 'G' sharp notes were added to rising eight-note runs. Also the alternate title "The Prodigal Son" was omitted all together.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Petrie had the tune from the manuscripts of County Cork musician and music collector William Forde (c. 1795-1850), who had obtained the tune (and numerous others) in the 1840's from Hugh O'Beirne, a piper from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. O'Beirne had a huge repertory and is cited often as a source by period music collectors.

Printed sources : - Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection of Petrie's Irish Music), 1905; No. 381, p. 96.






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