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YE SONS OF OLD IRELAND. Irish, Air (6/8 time). A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. "This air has been already published, but in a very inferior setting. I give my version from memory, as I learned it in early life. Moore's "Noch bonin shim doe" (Song 'They may rail at this life') is not another version, but a different air altogether. The peasant song, of which I give three verses from memory, had much rude vigour. It was a satire on those Irish farmers and small gentry who became rich and cut a great figure during the Napoleonic wars; but who came to their level after 'Boney was down,' in 1815" (Joyce).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 407, p. 218.

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