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OH LOVE IT IS A KILLING THING. Irish, Air (4/4 time). E Minor (Joyce): A Minor (Stanford/Petrie). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "I give the words of this song from memory as I learned them in boyhood. Words and air are now published for the first time (except that the air is printed in Stanford-Petrie with my name: for I gave it to Dr. Petrie half a century ago). The air was universal in Munster in my early life. Versions of it may be found elsewhere: compare with 'My Love Nell,' and with 'We are poor frozen out gardeners' in Chappell's Popular Music of the Olden Time. To this same air--after a common Munster custom--the Limerick people often sang Burn's 'Oh, My Luve's Like a Red Red Rose'" (Joyce).

Source for notated version: "Mr. Joyce" [Stanford/Petrie].

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 405, pp. 215-216. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 469, p. 118.

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