Come All Ye Fair Maidens

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 Theme code Index    1126L 1162
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    6/8
 Structure    One part
 Editor/Compiler    P.W. Joyce
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Old Irish Folk Music and Songs
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 167, p. 84
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1909
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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 Score   ()   

COME ALL YE FAIR MAIDENS. Irish, Air (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. O'Neill (1913) points out this is an example of the class of tunes facetiously termed "Come, all ye..." on account of the comparatively large number of songs which began with those words in British Isles tradition.

Come all ye fair maidens, take warning by me,
And never look up to the top of a tree;
For the leaves they will wither and the roots they will die;
And my love has forsak'n me, and sorry am I,
My dear, and sorry am I. (Joyce)

Source for notated version: "Ned Goggin the professional fiddler of Glenosheen Co. Limerick (1844 to 1850)" {Joyce}.

Printed source: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Song), 1909; No. 167, p. 84.

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