Wedding of Ballinamona (The)
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WEDDING OF BALLINAMONA, THE. AKA and see "Back to Ballinamona," "Ballinamona," "Wedding of Ballyporeen," "You Know I'm Your Priest." Irish, Air (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A song air printed in songsters such as The British Musical Miscellany (1805), Cruickshanks' The Universal Songster; or, Museum of Mirth (1826) and The Hibernian Cabinet: A Selection of all the Most Popular Irish Songs (1817), where it begins:
You know I'm your priest, and your conscience is mine,
But if you grow wicked, 'tis not a good sign;
So leave off your raking, and marry a wife,
And then, my dear bow, year are settled for life,
Sing Ballinamona oro,
A good merry wedding for me.
The bans being publish'd, to chapel we go,
The bride & bridemaidens in roves white as snow;
So modest her air, and so sheepish your look,
You out with your ring, and I pull out my book,
Sing Ballinamon oro....etc.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: J. Clinton (Gems of Ireland: 200 Airs), 1841; No. 21, p. 11.