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Lyr Add: Absent (Glen/Metcalf)

Joe Offer 08 Jul 15 - 06:48 PM
Joe Offer 08 Jul 15 - 07:00 PM
GUEST,Seán 09 Jul 15 - 10:47 AM
Joe Offer 17 Jan 17 - 02:48 AM
Jim Dixon 19 Jan 17 - 12:19 AM
GUEST,Sean McCarthy Cork Ireland 26 Jun 18 - 05:11 PM
Joe Offer 27 Jun 18 - 03:22 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Absent (Glen/Metcalf)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Jul 15 - 06:48 PM

From an email I received:

Hi Joe,

I am interested in finding the correct or maybe I should say "original" wording for a song that I heard sung by an old man in my area in the west of Ireland, about the time I was courting my wife, over forty years ago. I'm inclined to think that the words are not quite right because the line "Thinking I hear thee, Thinking I hear thee call" is in two verses. I'm sorry to say that although I can clearly remember the air of the song I'm not able to read or write music. It was sung a bit slowly and a little mournfully. That could be because the singer had recently lost his young son in a tragic drowning.

Mudcat has been one of my favoured sites for a number of years whenever I am looking for the words of songs.

Yours sincerely.
Seán

ABSENT

Sometimes between long shadows on the grass
The little truant rays of sunshine fall.
My eyes grow dim with tenderness awhile,
Thinking I see thee, Thinking I see thee smile

                                    2
And sometimes in the twilight gloom apart,
The tall trees whisper, whisper heart to heart.
From my fond lips the eager answer falls,
Thinking I hear thee, Thinking I hear thee call

                                  3
And sometimes too when I am all alone,
I miss the absent, absent from my home.
Your loving smile and sweetness I recall,
Thinking I hear thee, thinking I hear thee call

                                    4
Three things I ask of thee before we part,
One tiny corner of your loving heart,
One tender kiss and promise to be true.
That's all I ask love, that's all I ask of you.

                                    5
God's blessings guide and guard you night and day,
And may His guidance guide you on your way,
Until we meet on that bright eternal shore.
There we shall meet love, meet there to part no more.


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Subject: Lyr Add: Absent (Glen/Metcalf)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Jul 15 - 07:00 PM

I found sheet music here: http://burrito.whatbox.ca:15263/imglnks/usimg/4/4f/IMSLP334290-PMLP540191-MetcalfGlenAbsent1899.pdf

...and many other locations. The sheet music doesn't have as many verses as Sean provides.

Here are the lyrics from the sheet music:

ABSENT
(words by Catherine Young Glen, music by John W. Metcalf, 1899)

Sometimes, between long shadows on the grass
The little truant rays of sunlight pass,
My eyes grow dim with tenderness, the while,
Thinking I see thee smile!

And sometimes, in the twilight gloom, apart,
The tall trees whisper, whisper heart to heart,
From my fond lips the eager answers fall,
Thinking I hear thee call.



I found only one recording of this. On her Jean Redpath--Live! album, Redpath sings only the second verse - but it's absolutely beautiful.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Absent (Glen/Metcalf)
From: GUEST,Seán
Date: 09 Jul 15 - 10:47 AM

In the pub last night i was called on to sing and I choose "Absent". One gent of an older vintage to myself recalled his father singing it. He had bits of each verse and has asked if I could get it for him. One of my sisters (R.I.P.) thought my recollection of the words was fairly right and she had been a life long lover of songs and singing, both solo and choral.


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Subject: Lyr Req: Three things I ask of you before we part
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Jan 17 - 02:48 AM

Lost in another thread:

Thread #67592   Message #3163386
Posted By: Ellieb
31-May-11 - 07:13 PM
Thread Name: song for sermon on early Irish Christian
Subject: RE: song for sermon on early Irish Christian

Hi , I am Looking for the name of the song with the words , Three things i ask of you before we part , one tiny corner for me in your heart as posted by guest on Aug 10 , I have searched but to no avail , can anyone help me please ? thank you



Thread #67592   Message #3833023
Posted By: GUEST,MKiely
16-Jan-17 - 04:05 PM
Thread Name: song for sermon on early Irish Christian
Subject: RE: song for sermon on early Irish Christian

Hi EllieB,

Did you ever find any version of the song "Three things i ask of you before we part , one tiny corner for me in your heart"? My grandmother used to sing it to my Mother & Aunts, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. I would love to get a copy of the song on cd to present to them. If you have any updates could you let me know please?

Thanks,

M...


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Subject: Lyr Add: ABSENT (Catherine Young Glen)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Jan 17 - 12:19 AM

This appears as a poem in Munsey's Magazine, Vol. 15, No. 6 (New York: Frank A. Munsey, Sept, 1896), page 712. Only one word is different from the version Joe Offer posted above.


ABSENT
Catherine Young Glen

Sometimes, between long shadows on the grass,
The little truant waves of sunlight pass.
My eyes grow dim with tenderness the while,
Thinking I see thee smile!

And sometimes, in the twilight gloom apart,
The tall trees whisper, whisper, heart to heart,
From my fond lips the eager answers fall,
Thinking I hear thee call!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Absent (Glen/Metcalf)
From: GUEST,Sean McCarthy Cork Ireland
Date: 26 Jun 18 - 05:11 PM

I was just reading the discussion about the song ABSENT

Are ye still interested in this?

I found it on a reel recorded in Drinagh (West Cork) in the 1950s. I am trying to find out the name of the singer.

It is such a beautiful song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Absent (Glen/Metcalf)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jun 18 - 03:22 AM

Hi, Sean-
Oh, we're always interested in adding to song threads. Please post a transcription if you can. If you can email an MP3 of the song to me, I'll post it.
-Joe Offer, Mudcat Music Editor-
joe@mudcat.org


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