Ballindown Braes

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 Theme code Index    3b3b1 7bL7bL1
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    2 flats
 Mode    Aeolian (minor)
 Time signature    3/4
 History    IRELAND(Ulster)
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    P.W. Joyce
 Book/Manuscript title    Old Irish Folk Music and Songs
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 322, p. 150
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1909
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
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BALLINDOWN BRAES. Irish, Air (3/4 time). Ireland, Ulster. G Minor. Standard tuning. AB. "I have known this air and part of the song from boyhood days, when I learned them from an Ulster girl. But Mr. McKenzie's setting is better than mine" (Joyce).

Being young like myself-O, he said he would be
Both father and mother and all things to me;
He would dress me in silks and in satins so fine,
And the bright gold and silver in my tartan should shine.
Cho: But false was his heart-O, and false were his ways;
He decoyed me far far from sweet Ballindown Braes.

Source for notated version: "Mr. J. McKenzie of Newtownards, a great lover of Irish Music and of the corresponding folk songs, sent me the (air) about 30 years ago" (i.e. 1875).

Printed source: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 322, pg. 150.