#00729
She Moved Through The Fair (Padrig Colum)
MIDI, videos

See also: She Moved Through The Fair
(Irish Descendants)
#969: YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

midi1   alt: midi2

My young love said to me, "My mother won't mind,
And my father won't slight you for your lack of kind."
And she stepped away from me and this she did say:
"It will not be long, love, till our wedding day."

And she stepped away from me
and she moved through the fair,
And fondly I watched her
move here and move there;
And then she turned homeward with one star awake,
Like the swan in the evening moves over the lake.

The people were saying, "No two e'er were wed,
But one had a sorrow that never was said."
And I smiled as she passed
with her goods and her gear,
And that was the last that I saw of my dear.

Last night she came to me, my dead love came in,
So softly she came that her feet made no din;
As she laid her hand on me, and this she did say:
"It will not be long, love, till our wedding day."

####.... Padraic Colum, poet, dramatist, folklorist and children's writer [1881-1972] (Wild Earth, 1916) ....####
The video above features an excellent performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

From Wikipedia:
Based on a traditional Irish folk song first collected in Donegal by Padraic Colum and Herbert Hughes, and published by Boosey & Hawkes in London in a work entitled Irish Country Songs in 1909, though some claim it dates back to medieval times. The lyrics, except for the last verse, were composed by Padraic Colum, and the tune was written down by Herbert Hughes. Most modern arrangements of the song can be traced to the recording by Fairport Convention in 1968, who adopted the style of the song from the travelling singer Margaret Barry.

A variant was also recorded as She Moved Through The Fair by the Irish Descendants.


See more songs by the Irish Descendants.

The video below features an excellent performance of a variant by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, Australia.

#540: YouTube video by raymondcrooke
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features an excellent performance of a variant by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

#290: YouTube video by BardofCornwall
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~


line

Index Page
GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador



line

~ Copyright Info ~

~ Privacy Policy ~

Confirm Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Here