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Thread #57274 Message #900245
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
28-Feb-03 - 12:12 AM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Susan Reed: Cockles & Mussels?
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Susan Reed: Cockles & Mussels?
My father (born 1916) sang it around the house with the notes descending on "cockles" and on "mussels"
In O'Neill's Music of Ireland (c. 1895), the notes ascend.
I find it interesting that Americans sing "She died of a fever, and no one could save her," which doesn't rhyme. However, I believe that not so long ago, "fever" was pronounced "favor."
In a songbook I bought in Ireland recently, the words are "she died of a fever, and none could relieve her." How nice to get rid of that awkward spot after all these years!