Slievamon

Slievamon

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Alone all alone by the wave-washed strand
And alone in a crowded hall
The hall it is gay and the waves they are grand
But but my heart is not here at all
It lies far away by night and by day
To the times and the joys that are gone
But I never will forget the sweet maiden I met
In the valley near Slievenamon

Oh it was not the grace of her queenly air
Nor her cheeks of roses glow
Nor her soft black eyes nor her flowing hair
Nor was it her lily white brow
‘Twas the soul of truth and of melting ruth
And the smile like a summer’s dawn
That stole my heart away one soft summer’s day
In the valley near Slievenamon.

In the festive hall by the star watched shore Oh ever my restless spirit cries
My love oh my love will 1 ne’er see you more
And my land will you never uprise
By night and by day 1 ever ever pray
While lonely my life flows on
To see our flag unrolled
And my true love to enfold
In the valley near Slievenamon.

Slievamon Mp3 $1

 

Barbara Allen

Barbara Allen

Barbara Allen

In Scarlet town where I was born,
There was a fair maid dwellin’
Made every youth cry Well-a-day,
Her name was Barb’ra Allen.

All in the merry month of May,
When green buds they were swellin’
Young Willie Grove on his death-bed lay,
For love of Barb’ra Allen.

He sent his man unto her then
To the town where he was dwellin’
You must come to my master, dear,
If your name be be Barb’ra Allen.

So slowly, slowly she came up,
And slowly she came nigh him,
And all she said when there she came:
“Young man, I think you’re dying!”

He turned his face unto the wall
And death was drawing nigh him.
Adieu, adieu, my dear friends all,
And be kind to Bar’bra Allen

As she was walking o’er the fields,
She heard the death bell knellin’,
And ev’ry stroke did seem to say,
Unworthy Barb’ra Allen.

When he was dead and laid in grave,
Her heart was struck with sorrow.
“Oh mother, mother, make my bed
For I shall die tomorrow.”

And on her deathbed she lay,
She begged to be buried by him,
And sore repented of the day
That she did e’er deny him.

“Farewell,” she said, “ye virgins all,
And shun the fault I fell in,
Henceforth take warning by the fall
Of cruel Barb’ra Allen.”

Barbara Allen Mp3 $1

Samuel Pepys in his diary dated Second of January 1665
speaks of the singing of “Barbara Allen.” The English and
Scottish both claim the original ballad in different versions, and
both versions were brought over to the US by the earliest
settlers. Since then there have been countless variations. The version used here is the English one. The tune is traditional.

You can use the Mp3 as a Karaoke or at a sing-along session as I made it for a human voice to be added later or as a stand alone nice sounding melody. I hope you get much enjoyment out of it and plenty of listening pleasure. Click the link above and there on Sellfy.com you can purchase your very own for only a US dollar. To listen to a sample you can just go to ITunes but they are a little dearer there and I don’t make as much.

My arrangement is an instrumental version in the key of D constructed from the songbook “101 Folk Songs For Buskers” on Band in a Box to make the backing track to which I played the melody on the Yamaha PSR530 set up with two voices and split keyboard to get the third voice for the bass-line.

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Yup, that is me alright. Neil J Milliner AKA TheFreeMan

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Carrickfergus

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I wish I was in Carrickfergus
Only for nights in Ballygrand
I would swim over the deepest ocean
Only for nights in Ballygrand
But the sea is wide and I cannot swim over
And neither have I the wings to fly
I wish I had a handsome boatsman
To ferry me over my love and I

My childhood days bring back sad reflections
Of happy times there spent so long ago
My boyhood friends and my own relations
Have all past on now with the melting snow
So I’ll spend my days in this endless roving
Soft is the grass and shore, my bed is free
Oh to be home now in carrickfergus
On the long road down to the salty sea

Now in Kilkenny it is reported
On marble stone there as black as ink
With gold and silver I would support her
But I’ll sing no more now til I get a drink
Cause I’m drunk today and I’m seldom sober
A handsome rover from town to town
Ah but I’m sick now my days are numbered
Come all me young men and lay me down.

Carrickfergus Mp3 $1

Originally called “The Sick Young Lover” and also partly included in “The Young Lady” this song refers to the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. The castle in the photo still stands today.

My arrangement is an instrumental version in the key of D constructed from the songbook “50 Great Irish Love Songs” by Robert Gogan  on Band in a Box to make the backing track to which I played the melody on the Yamaha PSR530 set up with two voices and split keyboard to get the third voice for the bass-line.

Loved this as soon as I first heard it and it didn’t take long to get a workable style and voice set to suit its very wide vocal range. I honestly don’t know how they can sing it.

You can use the Mp3 as a Karaoke or at a sing-along session as I made it for a human voice to be added later or as a stand alone nice sounding melody. I hope you get much enjoyment out of it and plenty of listening pleasure. Click the link above and there on Sellfy.com you can purchase your very own for only a US dollar. To listen to a sample you can just go to ITunes but they are a little dearer there and I don’t make as much.

This is the first in a series of blogs I intend doing. Some will have videos, most not. As far as I am aware this song is Public Domain and copyright free but if you are using this in a commercial setting such as a teachers resource it would pay to check for yourself. My apologies if it is not.

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Yup, that is me alright. Neil J Milliner AKA TheFreeMan

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