X:1 T:Sweeney’s Wheel L:1/8 M:4/4 K:D B2dB FBdB|GBdB cdec|B2dB FBdB|cBAB cde2:| Ad (3ddd adfd|adfd cde2|Ad (3ddd adfd|cBAB cdeg:| B2 dB FBdB|GBdB cdec| B2 dB FBdB|cBAB cd e2:| ge (3eee geaf|ge (3eee g3 f|geaf gfed|cdef g3 a:| c'a (3aaa fd (3ddd|cdef g3 a|c'a (3aaa fedB|ABcd efga:| fdBd FdAd|fdAd cdeg|fdAd FdAd|cBAB cd e2:| Ad (3ddd adfd|adfd cd e2|Ad (3ddd adfd|cBAB cdeg:||
SWEENEY’S WHEEL. Irish, Reel (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDDEEFFGG. Paul de Grae identifies this tune as a composition of County Cork accordion player Jackie Daly, composed for a ‘character’ named Sweeney who resides in Gort, County Galway. A man of eccentric pursuits, one of Sweeney’s interests is trying to design a perpetual motion machine, which Daly’s reflects in his tune by having the melody go round and round without ever coming to an end (on the album it simply fades out).