Wicked Kerryman (The)

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WICKED KERRYMAN, THE (An Ciarraigheacht Malluighthe). Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. P.W. Joyce (Ancient Irish Music, 1873) notes: “I learned this beautiful and characteristic melody from my father. Of the Irish song I retain only a few fragments, which are not worth preserving. Perhaps the reader will be better pleased if I give instead a song of my brother’s, composed to suit the air.”

Far in the mountains with you, my Eveleen,
I would be loving and true, my Eveleen;
Then climb the mountains with me!
Long have I dwelt by the forest river side,
Where the bright ripples flash and quiver wide,
There the fleet hours shall blissful ever glide
O’er us, Sweet Gragal Machree!

Robert Dwyer Joyce's song, entitled "The Outlaw of Kilmore" was published in his volume Ballads of Irish Chivalry (1872, p. 265), with "The Wicked Kerryman" as the indicated air.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Joyce (Ancient Irish Music), 1873; No. 54, pp. 54-55.

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