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X:1 T:Widow Machree M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:O'Flannagan - The Hibernia Collection (Boston, 1860, p. 14) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D AAB dcd|efd b2z|a3 f3|efd BdB| AAB dcd|efd b2z|a3f3|edd d2z:| |:f|gfg bag|fef agf|ede gfe|ddB BdB| AAB dcd|efd b2z|a3 f3|edd d2z:|]

WIDOW MACHREE. AKA and see "My Ain Kind Dearie (2)," "Sweet Innisfallen." Irish, Jig. C Major (Harding): D Major (most versions). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Boston publisher Elias Howe printed the air to a popular Mid-19th century song by Dublin-born Samuel Lover (1797-1868), a composer, novelist, painter and poet (not to mention that he was the grandfather of composer Victor Herbert). Lover is oft-quoted for one line in the song: “Sure the shovel and tongs, to each other belongs.” Lover's words begin:

Widow Machree, it’s no wonder you frown,
Och hone! Widow Machree.
Faith, it ruins your looks, that same dirty black gown,
Och hone! Widow Machree.
How alter’d your air,
With that close cap you wear—
’T is destroying your hair
Which should be flowing free;
Be no longer a churl
Of its black silken curl,
Och hone! Widow Machree!

See also “Sweet Innisfallen” and George Petrie's “My Ain Kind Dearie (2)” (see Stanford/Petrie’s No. 641, 2nd strain),

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 59. Frank Harding (Harding’s Original Collection), 1897; No. 189, p. 60. Hopkins (American Veteran Fifer), 1905; No. 89. O'Flannagan (The Hibernia Collection), 1860; p. 14. Robbins Music Corp. (The Robbins collection of 200 jigs, reels and country dances), New York, 1933; No. 18, p. 6. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 89. White’s Unique Collection, 1896; No. 11, p. 2.

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