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Thread #44796   Message #2915624
Posted By: Jim Dixon
27-May-10 - 07:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Spanish Lady
Subject: Lyr Add: WHEEL OF FORTUNE (Irish-American)
From an article "Irish Folk-Song" by Phillips Barry, in Journal of American Folklore, Volume 24 (American Folklore Society, 1911), page 342:

To Irish folk-singers, at least in the Northern States, we owe the presence of a large part of the folk-song current in this country. ... Yet very few Irish songs have become Americanized, — due doubtless to the exile's love of his native country. Two, however, are notable exceptions. Of these, one [is] a song of the camp, entitled "The Unfortunate Rake".... The other song is as follows:

[Musical notation is printed here.]

1. "Madam, I have come to court ye,
If your favor I could gain.
If you highly entertain me,
I will surely call again.

CHORUS: With my 20, 18, 16, 14,
12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, and 1,
With my 19, 17, 15, 13,
11, 9, 7, 5, 3, and 1.

2. "Madam, I have gold and silver.
Madam, I have house and land.
Madam, I have worldly treasures,
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  ."

3. "What care I for your gold and silver?
What care I for your house or land?
What care I for your ships on the ocean?
All I want's a nice young man."

4. "Round about the wheel of fortune,
It goes round and wearies me.
Young men's ways are so uncertain,
Sad experience teaches me!"*

* Sung by S. C., Boston, Mass., native of County Tyrone, Ireland.