Barley Grain (1)

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 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    E
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Aeolian (minor)
 Time signature    3/4
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    Francis O'Neill
 Book/Manuscript title    Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 100, p. 18
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1903
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<abc float="left"> X:1 T:Barley Grain [1] M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air S:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 100 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Emin (GA) | B4 B2 | (e4 e2) | (B4 A2) | (G4A2) | B4B2 | d4A2 | (B6 | B4) (GA) | B4B2 | (e4d2) | (B4A2) | (G4F2) | E2F2E2 | B2A2 | (G6 | G4) || GF | E4 E2 | E2F2G2 | (F4E2) | E4E2 | E2F2E2 | B6 | (A4F2) | E4 E2 | E2F2G2 | F4E2 | (D4c2) | (B4G2) | (A4F2) | (G6 | G4) || </abc>

BARLEY GRAIN [1]. AKA and see "The Frost and Snow Began to Blow." Irish, Air (3/4 time). E Minor. Standard tuning. AB. A version of the English "John Barleycorn." O'Neill learned the song as a boy in Bantry, west Cork. It begins:

There were three farmers from the North;
As they were passing by
They swore an oath-a mighty oath-
The barley grain would die
Chorus: With my right faladidy idy O, etc.

Printed source: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903/1979; No. 100, p. 18.