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X:1 T:Och-Ochone M:C L:1/8 R:Slow Air B:Elias Howe - Musician's Omnibus Complete (1864, p. 505) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F A2G2F3G|Ac c2d2 cA|AG G2G2 GG|Ac c2 d2 c2| B2 AB c2 de|f>e fd e2 c>B|A2G2F3G |{A}f2 g2f2c>B| A2G2F4||

OCHONE. Irish, Slow Air (4/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. An air was by this title was published in 1680 in Luke Wadding's (who was the Bishop of Fern) A Pious Garland of Godly Songs for the Solace of his Friends and Neighbours in their Afflictions. P.W. Joyce (1873) published an air, "Och-ochone" (No. 11), which was a lament, but not a death song. He wrote that he had "known this air and heard it sung as long as I can remember" (he grew up in County Limerick in the 1840's), and gave one stanza of a song every stanza of which ended with the words "Och-ochone!"

Fóil, fóil a dhuine, no air buile ataoi to?
Go de an fáth do chumann agus na faca ariamh thu?
Is cailín beag óg me do seóladh a'd lionsa;
Mo bheannacht go buan duit, agus ná déan díth dhom,
Och ochón!

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Elias Howe (Musician's Omnibus Complete), 1864; p. 505. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 25. Joyce (Ancient Irish Music), 1873; No. 11, p. 12.

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