Red Haired Girl (1) (The)
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RED-HAIRED GIRL , THE (An Cailín Ruadh/Rua). Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Forde took this down in 6/8 time, which disguises its character. It really belongs to the 'Narrative' class in 3/4 time, to which I have restored it. One of several tunes of this name" (Joyce). The song tells of a young man who spends lavishly on the object of his desire, only to have her to off with another; still, he says, if he had it to do over again he would do the same.
Source for notated version: Hugh O'Beirne, professional fiddler from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, c. 1846.
Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 567, p. 300.