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Curragh Of Kildare (Ryan's Fancy) midi, video
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Ah, the winter it is past and the summer's come at last,
And the small birds are singing in the trees;
And their little hearts are glad, ah, but mine is very sad,
For my true love is far away from me.

And it's straight I will repair to the curragh of Kildare,
For it's there I'll find tidings of my dear.

Well, the roses on the briar by the waters running clear,
They bring joy to the linnets and the bee;
And their little hearts are glad, ah, but mine is very sad,
For my true love is far away from me.

And it's straight I will repair to the curragh of Kildare,
For it's there I'll find tidings of my dear.

A livery I will wear and I'll comb back my hair,
And in velvet so green I will appear.

And it's straight I will repair to the curragh of Kildare,
For it's there I'll find tidings of my dear.

All you who are in love and cannot it remove,
Well, I pity the pain that you endure;
For experience lets me know that your hearts are full of woe,
A woe that no mortal can endure.

And it's straight I will repair to the curragh of Kildare,
For it's there I'll find tidings of my dear.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an early 19th-century British broadside ballad, Young Johnson, published by W Armstrong (Liverpool) sometime between 1820 and 1824, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 28(176) ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Currahs, Minstrels, Rocks & Whiskey, trk#11, 1971, Gunn Records); and (Irish Love Songs, trk#1, 1982, Boot Records, Mississauga, Ontario).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was collected by Maud Karpeles [1885-1976] and published as The Winter's Gone And Past, #54 in Folk Songs From Newfoundland (Faber and Faber, Oxford, 1934; London, 1971).

Notes:

¹ The Curragh is a very flat, sandy plain in County Kildare, Ireland. During the 1798 Irish Rebellion, British Major-General Sir James Duff attacked the bulk of the Irish rebels who had gathered there to accept a British amnesty. His infantry and cavalry surrounded and attacked the rebels, killing 350. Curragh Camp, an Irish Army training center is now located on the plain. It is also the site of the Curragh Race Track where the annual Irish Derby Stakes are held and seasonal trains stop at the station near the track.

² Robert Burns [1759-1796] re-wrote the original of this song as a poem, The Winter It Is Past, in 1788 (Poems And Songs Of Robert Burns. The Harvard Classics, 1909-1914).

The winter it is past, and the summer comes at last
And the small birds, they sing on ev'ry tree;
Now ev'ry thing is glad, while I am very sad,
Since my true love is parted from me.

The rose upon the breer, by the waters running clear,
May have charms for the linnet or the bee;
Their little loves are blest, and their little hearts at rest,
But my true love is parted from me.


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