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The Galway Shawl (Fred Jorgensen) tabs, MIDI, videos
See also: The Galway Shawl (Ryan's Fancy)
And also: Galway Shawl (Susan Lawrence)
#1675: YouTube video by WhoStoleMyGimmick
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

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At Oranmore in the county Galway,
One pleasant evening in the month of May;
I spied a damsel, she was young and handsome,
Her beauty fairly took my breath away.

She wore no jewels, nor costly diamonds,
No paint nor powder, no, none at all;
She wore a bonnet with ribbons on it,
And around her shoulder was the Galway shawl.

We kept on walking, she kept on talking,
Till her father's cottage came into view;
She said: "Come in, sir, and meet me father,
And play to please him The Foggy Dew."

She sat me down beside the hearthstone,
I could see her father, he was six feet tall;
And soon her mother had the kettle singing,
All I could think of was the Galway shawl.

She wore no jewels nor costly diamonds,
No paint nor powder, no, none at all;
She wore a bonnet with ribbons on it,
And around her shoulder was the Galway shawl.

I played The Black Bird, The Stack of Barley,
Rodney's Glory and The Foggy Dew;
She sang each note like an Irish linnet,
And tears welled in her eyes of blue.

'Twas early, early all in the morning,
I hit the road for old Donegal;
She said, "Goodbye, sir." She cried and kissed me,
But my heart remains with the Galway shawl.

She wore no jewels, nor costly diamonds,
No paint nor powder, no, none at all;
She wore a bonnet with ribbons on it,
And around her shoulder was the Galway shawl.
And around her shoulder was the Galway shawl.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of The Galway Shawl, collected in Northern Ireland in 1928 by Sam Henry [1878-1952] and published as #H652, on p.269 in Sam Henry's Songs Of The People, edited, transcribed, and annotated by E Gale Huntingdon [1901-1993]; revised with additions and indices by Lani Herrmann (University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA, 1990) ....####
The video above features a variant recorded on compilation albums of various artists by Fred Jorgensen of the Navigators (Pubs, Pints & Parties, trk#8, 2009 CD, Avondale Music, St John's, NL); and (Homebrew 10, trk#11, 2009 CD, Avondale Music, St John's, NL).

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A very similar variant was sung in 1950 by Lou O'Driscoll of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The video below features an excellent performance of a variant by Stephen Rowe of Hearts Content and Gander, NL.


#726: YouTube video by bodhrannf
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The video below features an excellent acapella cover performance by Sean Kenny from Port au Port East, NL.

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#769: YouTube video by drivermciver
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A variant was recorded as The Galway Shawl by Ryan's Fancy (Irish Love Songs ©1982, Boot Records).

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A variant was recorded as Galway Shawl by Susan Lawrence of Upper Gullies, Conception Bay South, NL (Susan Lawrence, trk#8, 1990, produced by Wade Jones playing all instruments and Augustus (Gus) Burton [1922-2009] of Pacquet and Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, of the Soirees, recorded at Rainbow Studio, St John's, NL).

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As recorded on a compilation album of various artists by Fred Jorgensen (Homebrew 10, trk#11, 2009, Avondale Music, St John's, NL).

Intro: [G] [D] [A] [D]
At Oranmore, in the county Galway,
One [G] pleasant [D] evening, in the month of [G] May; [Em]
I spied a [D] damsel, she was young and handsome,
Her [G] beauty [D] fairly, [A] took my breath a- [D] way. [G] [D]

Chorus:
She wore no jewels, nor costly diamonds,
No [G] paint nor [D] powder, no none at [G] all; [Em]
She wore a [D] bonnet, with ribbons on it,
And a- [G] round her [D] shoulder, [A] was the Galway [D] shawl.
[G] [D] [D] [A] [D] [G] [D]

We kept on walking, she kept on talking,
Till her [G] father's [D] cottage, came into [G] view; [Em]
She said, "Come [D] in sir, and meet me father,
And [G] play to [D] please him, [A] The Foggy [D] Dew." [G] [D]

She sat me down, beside the hearthstone,
I could [G] see her [D] father, he was six feet [G] tall; [Em]
And soon her [D] mother, had the kettle singing,
All [G] I could [D] think of, [A] was the Galway [D] shawl. [G] [D]

Chorus:
She wore no jewels, nor costly diamonds,
No [G] paint nor [D] powder, no none at [G] all; [Em]
She wore a [D] bonnet, with ribbons on it,
And a- [G] round her [D] shoulder, [A] was the Galway [D] shawl.
[G] [D] [D] [A] [D] [G] [D]

I played The Black Bird, The Stack Of Barley,
[G] Rodney's [D] Glory, and The Foggy [G] Dew; [Em]
She sang each [D] note like, an Irish linnet,
And [G] tears [D] welled in [A] her eyes of [D] blue. [G] [D]

'Twas early, early, all in the morning,
I [G] hit the [D] road for, old Done- [G] gal; [Em]
She said, "Good- [D] bye, sir.", She cried and kissed me,
But my [G] heart re- [D] mains with, [A] the Galway [D] shawl. [G] [D]

Chorus2:
She wore no [A] jewels, nor costly [D] diamonds,
No [G] paint nor [D] powder, no, none at [G] all; [Em]
She wore a [D] bonnet, with ribbons on it,
And a- [G] round her [D] shoulder, [A] was the Galway [D] shawl.
And a- [G] round her [D] shoulder, [A] was the Galway [D] shawl.
[G] [D] [D] [A] [D] [G] [D] [A] [D]

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