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Black Is The Colour (Irish Descendants) tabs, MIDIs, videos (Male)
See also: Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair (Female)
#2339: YouTube video by Michael McGrath ©2012
~ Used with permission ~

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Black is the colour of my true love's hair,
Her lips are like some roses fair;
She's the sweetest smile and the gentlest hands,
I love the ground whereon she stands.

I love my love and well she knows,
I love the ground whereon she goes;
I wish the day it soon would come,
When she and I could be as one.

Black is the colour of my true love's hair,
Her lips are like some roses fair;
She's the sweetest smile and the gentlest hands,
I love the ground whereon she stands.

I'll go to the Clyde and I'll moan and weep,
For satisfied I ne'er can be;
I'll write her a letter, just a few short lines,
And I'll suffer death a thousand times.

Black is the colour of my true love's hair,
Her lips are like some roses fair;
She's the sweetest smile and the gentlest hands,
I love the ground whereon she stands.

####.... Often mistaken for a variant of a Scottish traditional song, the original was collected, arranged, and recorded in 1941 by John Jacob Niles, Mountaineer Tenor, Louisville, Kentucky [1892-1980] on American Folk Lore Vol 3 (RCA Red Seal Musical Masterpiece Series M-824) ....####
John Jacob Niles noted that Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair as sung in a version recorded in 1958 was composed between 1916 and 1921. He had come home from eastern Kentucky, singing this song to an entirely different tune - a tune not unlike the public-domain material employed even today. His father liked the lyrics, but thought the tune was downright terrible. So he wrote himself a new tune, ending it in a nice modal manner. He ended his notes by saying that his composition has since been 'discovered' by many an aspiring folk singer.

This variant recorded as Black Is The Colour by the Irish Descendants (Livin' On The Edge, trk#10, 1996 CD, produced by Fred Brokenshire and Hayward Parrott, and distributed by Duckworth Distribution).


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A variant was also recorded as Black Is The Colour by Connemara [1992-1997] (Near & Distant Shores, trk#2, 1995, Connemara Enterprises Ltd, St John's, NL, produced by Jason Whelan & Connemara, and recorded at The Sound Solution, St John's, NL).

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From Wikipedia:
Clyde - river of southwest Scotland flowing about 171 km (106 mi) northwest to the Firth of Clyde, an estuary of the North Channel. The river is navigable to Glasgow for oceangoing vessels. ~

The video above was recorded as Black Is The Colour by Aoifa Kenny with Maurice McGrath on lead and acoustic guitar and Fergus Brown O'Byrne on accordion from the CD Make The Circle Wide - Fergus O'Byrne & Family, a family project involving the direct descendants of Michael and Ellen McGrath and their spouses and partners.


The video below features an excellent performance by Sean Kenny of Port au Port East, NL.

#2439: YouTube video by drivermciver ©2013
~ Used with permission ~

The video below features an excellent cover performance by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

#953: YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2009
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(As recorded by Connemara):

Intro: [G] [A] [Bm] x2.

Chorus:
Black is the [G] colour [A] of my true love's [Bm] hair,
Her lips are [G] like [A] some roses [F#m] fair; [F#]
She's the sweetest [G] smile [A] and the gentlest [F#] hands,
I love the [G] ground [A] whereon she [Bm] stands.

I love my [G] love [A] and well she [Bm] knows,
I love the [G] ground, [A] where on she [F#m] goes; [F#]
I wish the [G] day [A] it soon would [F#] come,
When she and [G] I [A] could be as [Bm] one.

Chorus:
Black is the [G] colour [A] of my true love's [Bm] hair,
Her lips are [G] like [A] some roses [F#m] fair; [F#]
She's the sweetest [G] smile [A] and the gentlest [F#] hands,
I love the [G] ground [A] whereon she [Bm] stands.

Interlude:[G] [A] [Bm]

I go to the [G] Clyde [A] and I mourn and [Bm] weep,
For satis- [G] fied, [A] I never can [F#m] be; [F#]
I'll write her a [G] letter, [A] just a few short [F#] lines,
And suffer [G] death, [A] oh, a thousand [Bm] times.

Chorus:
Black is the [G] colour [A] of my true love's [Bm] hair,
Her lips are [G] like [A] some roses [F#m] fair; [F#]
She's the sweetest [G] smile [A] and the gentlest [F#] hands,
I love the [G] ground [A] whereon she [Bm] stands.

Outro: [G] [A] [Bm] [G] [F#m] [F#m] [G] [A] [F#] [G] [A] [Bm]
(Repeat and fade.)

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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