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Thread #117540   Message #2532519
Posted By: Jim Dixon
05-Jan-09 - 08:57 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Silvery Moon (from Aoife Clancy)
Subject: Lyr Add: SILVERY MOON
Aoife Clancy's recording of SILVERY MOON is included in a collection called "Before Their Time, Vol. III"—"A three-volume collection of songs written and performed by 80 artists in memory of people who died young." Here's a quote from the liner notes:

SILVERY MOON – Traditional

This song may be a music-hall song, or again an English "parlour song," says Aoife, who got the song and this information from Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman, who themselves passed this on to me: "Packie Byrne, a traditional singer from Donegal, changed some of the words from those he learned to 'improve' the song, which he certainly did. He told me that he knew a couple of people who sang it including his mother, so it was a popular song at one time, which also suggests its route was from the music hall rather than The Tradition, though by now it has been absorbed into the tradition." — MCW

Aoife Clancy – vocals; Jacqueline Schwab – piano; Donal Clancy – guitar


1. As I strolled along at the close of the day,
It being the beginning of June,
'Twas there in a glade that I spied a fair maid
As she sang her lament to the moon.

Roll along, silvery moon. Guide the traveler on his way
While the nightingale sings a sweet tune.
There is no time so sweet as when true lovers meet
By the grey silvery light of the moon.

2. My love he was young and a bold fisherman.
His arms they were brawny and strong.
His voice was so clear and a pleasure to hear
While singing an old shanty song.

3. But his boat went down, and my true love found
A grave 'neath the cold and deep sea,
No more to return, and it's for him I'll mourn
Till the day that the clay covers me.