Sweet Kathleen Machree

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SWEET KATHLEEN MACHREE (Caitilin Dileas Mo Croide). Irish, Air (6/8 time). B Flat Major (Joyce): C Major (Crosby, O'Neill). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Crosby, O'Neill): AB (Joyce). The song "Sweet Kathleen Machree" was published by Crosby in his Irish Musical Repository (1808, 245). The words begin:

Ye winds and ye waves, bear my sorrows away,
And ye echoes go babble, for nought I can say;
O bear to the ear of sweet Kathlane Machree,
That my thoughts are on her, tho' she thinks not of me.
Och why will you wander like goose leaving gander,
Sweet Kathlane Macree, sweet Kathlane Machree?
Fly all the world over, you'll ne'er find a lover
So constant as me, so constant as me,
Sweet Kathlane Macree, sweet Kathlane Macree.

O'Neill's melody is identical to that printed by Crosby. The air appears as "Paddy Frolic" in Alexander Kinloch's One Hundred Airs (London, c. 1815).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - copied by Mr. Pigot from a MS. lent to him by Miss O'Connell of Grena, Killarney" ([Joyce].

Printed sources : - Crosby (Irish Musical Repository), 1808; No. 245. Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 802, p. 390. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 558, p. 98.






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