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Lyr Add: In Derry Vale (Londonderry Air)


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Tattie Bogle 14 Apr 09 - 04:49 PM
GUEST,leeneia 14 Apr 09 - 05:56 PM
ard mhacha 15 Apr 09 - 04:24 AM
banjoman 16 Apr 09 - 05:20 PM
Nigel Parsons 17 Apr 09 - 03:28 AM
Tattie Bogle 17 Apr 09 - 08:43 PM
GUEST,Don McLeod 22 Aug 09 - 11:38 PM
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From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 04:49 PM

Have to say I much prefer this version, written about the same time to the same tune:


In Derry Vale, beside the singing river,
So oft I strayed, ah, many years ago,
And culled at morn the golden daffodillies
That came with Spring to set the world aglow.

Oh, Derry Vale, my thoughts are ever turning
To your broad stream and fairy-circled lea,
For your green isles my exiled heart is turning,
So far awa-a-ay acro-oss the-e sea.

In Derry Vale, amid the Foyle's dark waters,
The salmon leap above the surging weir,
The seabirds call – I still can hear them calling
In night's long dreams of tho-o-ose so dear.

Oh, tarrying years, fly faster, ever faster,
I long to see the vale belov'd so well,
I long to know that I am not forgotten,
And there at ho-o-ome in pe-eace to-o dwell.

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Subject: RE: 'Danny Boy' origins
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 05:56 PM

Thanks for the new set of words, Tattie Bogle. I believe they are the best I've seen to this tune.

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Subject: RE: ADD: In Derry Vale (Londonderry Air)
From: ard mhacha
Date: 15 Apr 09 - 04:24 AM

Maureen Hegarty sings `In Derry Vale` on You Tube.

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Subject: RE: ADD: In Derry Vale (Londonderry Air)
From: banjoman
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 05:20 PM

Far being a new set of words - I was taught this set of words in school over 50 years ago and still think its the best words to the tune

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Subject: RE: ADD: In Derry Vale (Londonderry Air)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 03:28 AM

I remember these words as well, but don't think they're an improvement on Danny Boy/Eily dear.
I particularly don't like the use of a false plural 'daffodillies' just to provide a rhyme. This could easily be avoided. Daffodills are also known as 'Lent Lillies' so 'golden daffodillies' could be replaced with 'golden Lenten lillies' or 'beaut-e-ous Lent lillies' without harming meaning, rhyme or scansion.

My personal opinion only!


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Subject: RE: ADD: In Derry Vale (Londonderry Air)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 08:43 PM

I never said they were new words, Banjoman. I got them from a pretty old song book that I bought in a second-hand book shop. W G Rothery was secretary of the Royal Choral Society in 1918 and did a lot of arranging of songs for choral groups, so easily more than 50 years old, Banjoman!
Sorry to disagree, Nigel: just leave the daffodillies as they are IMHO.

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Subject: RE: ADD: In Derry Vale (Londonderry Air)
From: GUEST,Don McLeod
Date: 22 Aug 09 - 11:38 PM

Instead of stretching the words of the last lines, repeat them, as 'Danny Boy' does;

O Danny Boy, O Danny Boy, I love you so;

So far away, so far away across the sea


And there at home, and there at home in preace to dwell.

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