Rambler from Clare (2) (The)
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RAMBLER FROM CLARE , THE. Irish, Air (6/8 time). C Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. "This is a Ninety-eight song which tells its own story. It was very popular in Munster sixty years ago; and I picked up the air from hearing it among the people. I also retained in memory part of the words; but I subsequently found the whole song printed on a ballad-sheet, though greatly corrupted. So far as I know, air and words are now published for the first time" (Joyce).
The first of my journeys is very well known;
I straight took my way to the County Tyrone,
Where the young men and maidens they used me well there,
And they called me the stranger and the Rambler from Clare.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 387, pp. 194-195.