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Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley

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WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY
WIND THAT SHAKES THE CORN


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GUEST,kevin 31 Mar 00 - 06:58 PM
SeanM 31 Mar 00 - 07:22 PM
fulurum 31 Mar 00 - 07:23 PM
Sorcha 31 Mar 00 - 07:25 PM
Dave (the ancient mariner) 31 Mar 00 - 07:25 PM
GUEST,kevin 03 Apr 00 - 12:59 AM
Llanfair 03 Apr 00 - 11:55 AM
Mbo 03 Apr 00 - 12:00 PM
Scotsbard 03 Apr 00 - 12:41 PM
Mbo 03 Apr 00 - 12:50 PM
Malcolm Douglas 03 Apr 00 - 02:37 PM
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Condor 04 Apr 00 - 05:52 PM
Joe Offer 06 Jul 06 - 03:49 PM
Dave (the ancient mariner) 06 Jul 06 - 04:34 PM
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Subject: wanted: words for "wind that shakes the barley"
From: GUEST,kevin
Date: 31 Mar 00 - 06:58 PM

i want to find words to "wind that shakes the barley". i heard a version over the radio that had lyrics; they sounded like recently written lyrics (something like "they took their troubles and tossed them in the air like the wind that shakes the barley"). can anyone tell me who the singer is and where i can find th


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: SeanM
Date: 31 Mar 00 - 07:22 PM

Lyrics to the tune can be found here, and also the author.

Good luck on the version you heard... it's an old enough and well enough played song that there are a ton of recordings.

M


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: fulurum
Date: 31 Mar 00 - 07:23 PM

there is a version in the digitrad. a whole bunch of people have recorded it included the clancys and makem and the irish rovers i do believe


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY
From: Sorcha
Date: 31 Mar 00 - 07:25 PM

Here are the words that I have, but it is NOT the same tune as the (reel) fiddle tune I have:

Wind That Shakes the Barley

I sat within the valley green, I sat me with my true love
My sad heart strove the two between, the old love and the new love
The old for her the new that made me think on Ireland dearly
While soft the wind blew down the glen and shook the golden barley

Twas hard the woeful words to frame to break the ties that bound us,
But harder still to bear the shame of foreign chains around us.
And so I said,"The mountain glen I'll seek at morning early,
And join the bold united men, while soft the winds shake the barley."

While sad I kissed away her tears, my fond arms round her flinging,
The foeman's shot burst on our ears from out the wildwood spring.
And on my breast in blood she died while soft winds shook the barley.

But blood for blood without remorse i've taken at Oulart Hollow,
And laid my true love's clay cold corpse where I full soon may follow
As round her grave I wander drear, noon, night and morning early
With breaking heart whe'er I hear the wind that shakes the barley.

Refers to the 1798 Rising, Words by Robert Dwyer Joyce, arrang. by Clancy Bros. and T. Makem


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 31 Mar 00 - 07:25 PM

Kevin, there is a version just released by Steeleye Span on an album called The Journey.. singer is Maddy Prior. You can find it here.http://members.tripod.com/~DrWho58/ss.html One of my favourite songs. Yours, Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: GUEST,kevin
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 12:59 AM

thanks to all those who replied. the version i'm looking for is not the traditional version, but what sounded like a recently written version--themed around the idea of peacemaking ("they took their troubles and tossed them in the air like the wind that shakes the barley"). i'll check out the steeleye span version. thanks again.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: Llanfair
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 11:55 AM

It is the Steeleye Span song from their "Time" recording. A very jolly tune, and all sorts of "Folky" phrases put together to make sense.
Hwyl, Bron.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: Mbo
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 12:00 PM

Kevin, the song is actually called "Harvest of The Moon" by Steeleye Span, from their album "Time" as Llanfair said, it also can be found on the live double album "The Journey." You can get the lyrics right here.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: Scotsbard
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 12:41 PM

Solas put together an uptempo version (can't remember which album at the moment, Showers and Sunny Spells maybe?) that I thoroughly enjoyed. Most of the older versions were I've heard were slow ballads, and often with slight wording changes but the same story.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: Mbo
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 12:50 PM

OK, the facts laid bare for everyone:

#1) There is a well known Irish folk song, about a soldier who tries to decide between his love and his country, called "The Wind that Shakes the Corn." Done by The Irish Rovers, et al.

#2) Solas took the SAME lyrics of "The Wind That Shakes the Corn", put a NEW faster tune to it, and changed "corn" to "barley", thus calling it "The Wind that Shakes the Barley."

#3) "Harvest of the Moon," which is the song Kevin was searching for, is AN ORIGINAL SONG by Steeleye Span, and bears no resemblance to the songs mentioned above EXCEPT it happens to contain the line "the wind that shakes the barley".


I hope this sorts out the confusion!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 03 Apr 00 - 02:37 PM

Except, of course, that song #1 -as linked to by Sean M. and later quoted by Sorcha- was called The Wind That Shakes The Barley long before Solas were even thought of! You need "barley" for the rhyme. WIND THAT SHAKES THE CORN, which is also on the DT, here, looks on the face of it like a later re-write of Robert Dwyer Joyce's song; does anyone have any definitive information on that? As Sorcha said, the reel of the same name is not related.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: GUEST,Mrrzy-at-work
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 01:49 PM

I'm going to get in trouble for this, I can tell.

About the lyric "And join the bold united men" - if they were already united, why did he have to join them?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: Mbo
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 01:57 PM

I don't know...I thought it was "bold irish men"...I may be thinking of the wrong part...

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: looking for words to 'wind that sha
From: Condor
Date: 04 Apr 00 - 05:52 PM

I found a version adapted by "The Clancy Bros.",in their collection titled "The Irish SongBook",put out by OAK Publications. You should be able to find a copy in any Music Shop or Library that deal's with Traditional Music of Ireland. You can DEFINITELY get a copy from WALTON'S,in Ireland.They have an outlet in the USA, someplace in New York, but I have'nt got the address. Walton's is:WALTON Mfg. Ltd.,River Valley House,Kylemore Park South,Ballyfermot,Dublin 10,Ireland. If I had a fax machine and knew your e-mail,I'd send it to you. I'll be at NEFFA with Barry Finn.I'll copy the song and keep it in my Concertina case,in case I run into you. The song is from the 1798 Rising,and was written by Robert Dwyer Joyce,who fled Ireland and came to the US. He died after returning to Ireland, in 1883.I've an extensive collection,and so far that is all I found. Slainn ga faol, Neil


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Subject: ADD Version: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 03:49 PM

Here are the lyrics printed in Patrick Galvin's Irish Songs of Resistance (Oak Publications, 1962). This is almost the same as the undocumented version Sorcha posted above, but there's an additional line in the third stanza.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley
(Robert Dwyer Joyce)

I sat within the valley green, I sat me with my true love;
My sad heart strove the two between, the old love and the new love;
The old for her, the new that made me think of Ireland dearly,
While soft the wind blew down the glen and shook the golden barley.

Twas hard the woeful words to frame to break the ties that bound us;
But harder still to bear the shame of foreign chains around us.
And so I said, "The mountain glen I'll seek at morning early,
And join the bold United Men," while soft winds shook the barley.

While sad I kissed away her tears, my fond arms round her flinging,
The foeman's shot burst on our ears, from out the wildwood ringing;
The bullet pierced my true love's side, in life's young spring so early,
And on my breast in blood she died, when soft winds shook the barley.

But blood for blood without remorse I've taken at Oulart Hollow,
I've placed my true love's clay-cold corse where I full soon will follow;
As round her grave I wander drear, noon, night and morning early,
With breaking heart whene'er I hear the wind that shakes the barley!


CHORDS

   Gm                            Dm
I sat within the valley green, I sat me with my true love;
    Gm                                             Dm          Gm
My sad heart strove the two between, the old love and the new love;
                                       Bb                  (Gm)
The old for her, the new that made me think of Ireland dearly,
       (Bb)                                  (Gm)    Dm    Gm
While soft the wind blew down the glen and shook the golden barley.

You'll find a near-identical version in Walton's New Treasury of Irish Songs and Ballads (1968), which says the tune is Royal Charlie.
For comparison, here's the version in the Digital Tradition. Note the additional verse - "I bore her to some mountain stream..." The source of the DT version is not documented - is the "mountain stream" verse by Joyce?

WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY
by Robert Dwyer Joyce (1830-1883)

I sat within a valley green
Sat there with my true love
And my fond heart strove to choose between
The old love and the new love
The old for her, the new that made
Me think on Ireland dearly
While soft the wind blew down the glade
And shook the golden barley

Twas hard the mournful words to frame
To break the ties that bound us
Ah, but harder still to bear the shame
Of foreign chains around us
And so I said, "The mountain glen
I'll seek at morning early
And join the brave united men"
While soft wind shook the barley

Twas sad I kissed away her tears
Her arms around me clinging
When to my ears that fateful shot
Come out the wildwood ringing
The bullet pierced my true love's breast
In life's young spring so early
And there upon my breast she died
While soft wind shook the barley

I bore her to some mountain stream
And many's the summer blossom
I placed with branches soft and green
About her gore-stained bosom
I wept and kissed her clay-cold corpse
Then rushed o'er vale and valley
My vengeance on the foe to wreak
While soft wind shook the barley

Twas blood for blood without remorse
I took at Oulart Hollow
I placed my true love's clay-cold corpse
Where mine full soon may follow
Around her grave I wondered drear
Noon, night and morning early
With aching heart when e'er I hear
The wind that shakes the barley

Fenian song
sung by Cliff Haslam, Martin Carthy, and Ed Trickett
@Irish @rebel @death @love
see also WINDCORN
filename[ WINDBARL
SOF
The DT version is a near-exact transcription of the lyrics from the Bok, Muir, Trickett CD, Turning Toward the Morning with the song sung solo by Ed Trickett. The only word I'd change in the DT transcription is "wondered" in the last verse - Trickett sings "wandered."
Sandy Paton's notes in the CD booklet say that Sandy learned the song from Cliff Haslam, and Sandy believed Haslam learned it from the singing of Martin Carthy. Carthy's recording of the song is on his 1965 self-titled album, and has lyrics almost the same as the DT version - including the "mountain stream" verse. So, did Carthy write the verse? It certainly adds to the flow of the story, but I haven't found it in any printed source.

Here's the version from The Irish Songbook, by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem (Oak Publications, 1979). It's just slightly different from the others.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley
(Robert Dwyer Joyce)

I sat within the valley green, I sat me with my true love.
My sad heart strove the two between, the old love and the new love:
The old for her, the new that made me think on Ireland dearly
While soft the wind blew down the glen and shook the golden barley.

Twas hard the woeful words to frame to break the ties that bound us,
But harder still to bear the shame of foreign chains around us.
And so I said, "The mountain glen I'll seek at morning early,
And join the bold united men, while soft winds shake the barley."

While sad I kissed away her tears, my fond arms round her flinging,
The foeman's shot burst on our ears, from out the wildwood ringing.
A bullet pierced my true love's side in life's young spring so early,
And on my breast in blood she died while soft winds shook the barley.

But blood for blood without remorse I've taken at Oulart Hollow,
And laid my true love's clay cold corpse where I full soon may follow,
As round her grave I wander drear, noon, night and morning early,
With breaking heart when'er I hear the wind that shakes the barley.


Click to play

The tune from the Clancy book is quite similar to what Ed Trickett sings.


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Subject: Lyr Add: HARVEST OF THE MOON (Steeleye Span)
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 04:34 PM

Harvest of the Moon By Steeleye Span

All the husbands and the wives
We were dancing for our lives
All to the tune of Elsie Marley
Instead of gathering up our differences
And throwing them in the air
And giving them to the wind that shakes the barley

And the children they were watching
Every girl and every boy
As we danced to the tune of Elsie Marley
But they'd heard another tune
From the harvest of the moon
That rides upon the wind that shakes the barley

Then Bridget she declared
That she was not prepared
To watch us dance to the tune of Elsie Marley
She said I'll sing you all a song
And you'll want to sing along
If you listen to the wind that shakes the barley

And the song that she sang
Could be heard for miles around
The air was full of harmony
You should have heard the sound
As we gathered up our differences
And threw them in the air
And gave them to the wind that shakes the barley

All the husbands and the wives
We were dancing for our lives
All to the tune of Elsie Marley
Until we gathered up our differences
And threw them in the air
And gave them to the wind that shakes the barley

Then all of us declared
That we were not prepared
To dance our lives away with Elsie Marley
For we'd heard another tune
From the harvest of the moon
That rides upon the wind that shakes the barley

And the song that we sang
Could be heard for miles around
The air was full of harmony
You should have heard the sound
As we gathered up our differences
And threw them in the air
And gave them to the wind that shakes the barley


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 05:06 PM

Thanks for posting that, Dave. I knew there awas a connection I was forgetting, and couldn't bring it to mind. There's quite a discussion of "Harvest of the Moon" here (click).
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 07 Jul 06 - 06:19 AM

I love this song, but I made a mistake in verse #2 it should read "Every girl and every boy"


Yours, Aye. Dave
    Fixed it, Dave.
    -joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: woodsie
Date: 07 Jul 06 - 08:58 AM

Isn't this a new movie about the birth of the IRA?
    No, this thread is about an old song. Click here for the movie thread. I admit that the movie thread made me think of this song, so I refreshed the song thread.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: GUEST,fellowmartian
Date: 19 Jul 06 - 11:24 AM

The movie is themed around the song, and contains a scene where it is sung as a lament... very powerful stuff.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: Dave Wynn
Date: 19 Jul 06 - 11:37 AM

Not adding much to the discussion but Dave the Gnome does a cracking version of this on voice and concertina.

Spot the Dog


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: GUEST,beachcomber
Date: 19 Jul 06 - 06:10 PM

I have a memory of my father singing a version of this song. it went ...."There's music in my heart all day....I hear it late and early......It comes from the fields and far away.....The wind that shakes the barley..?
Does anybody know of this version? It was sung with gusto , almost a march time, I remember. I have never heard a recording that sounded like it (Don't get me wrong , Dad wasn't a bad singer)
He also used to sing "Orow, shea doh vah awalya" (phonetic) which is also heard on the sound track of the film "The Wind that Shakes the Barley".


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: GUEST,mjrs
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 11:14 AM

Is Wind That Shakes the Barley considered a ballad? Need to know if I can sing it in a competition which requires a ballad.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 12:01 PM

Not sure if Mrrzy is really asking the question or tongue in cheek. But just in case, it's "join" in the sense of "become a member of, associate with" rather than join them to each other.

The "united men", referred to in the added stanza, were the United Irishmen - Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter.

Oulart hill was the site of a battle during the 1798 rebellion, near Boolavogue the home of Father Murphy, who initially preached sermons condemning the growing disorder in his locality, but got caught up in the rebellion when the militia failed to honour an agreement which he helped to mediate with a view to calming the situation.

The bicentenary commemoration in 1998, helped no doubt by the outbreak of something like peace in Northern Ireland, was noteworthy for the serious effort made in the South to correct the traditional oversimplified monolithic catholic/nationalist/republican narrative of '98.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 12:07 PM

Guest immediately above was yours truly, decookified after a long absence and probably several changes of office PC.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 04:04 AM

Harvest of The Moon is a different song, as stated , The Wind That Shakes The Barley was written by Robert Dwyer Joyce, Martin Carthy recorded it in 1965, 41 years ago.

eric


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: GUEST,Mrr
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 09:50 AM

Tongue firmly in cheek.

Where is that hollow?


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: GUEST,sean
Date: 13 Sep 06 - 06:03 AM

just reading these posts and one stuck in my mind.this song relates to the 1798 rebellion in wexford by the United Irish Men.They were called the United Irish Men because they were irish men of all religions who wanted a free ireland from british rule.That is the reason the song states that he was to "join the united irish men" Somebody just asked the question why he should have to join them if they were already united? they were a secret organisation whos main goal was to free us from british rule and as the times had it british brutallity.They fought a hell of a fight and only failed through lack of arms,informers and the fact that the rebellion failled in the rest of the country.they were cut off from support from other counties and eventually fell to the english on vinnegar hill outside enniscorthy before marching through kildare and laois and eventually beaten just north of county dublin.The United Irish Men also rose in mayo under Wolftone and with support from franch troops.The first battle became known as "the castlebar races" because the English forces retreated so quickly.They were eventually beaten as too were risings in dublin ,kidare and ulster.there are many songs about this era but this one is full of sorrow and grief.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: GUEST,AMS
Date: 16 Dec 07 - 04:16 PM

As this seems to be the most recent thread on this lovely and fascinating song, I'll post my question here: someone mentioned in one of the threads that R.D. Joyce wrote his WTSTB lyrics to the tune of Royal Charlie. Which Royal Charlie song tune would that be? I know one that would work, but it's not the tune I know for The Wind That Shakes the Barley. I admit I don't have enough Jacobite songbooks around the house! Thanks in advance for any assistance.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: Stringsinger
Date: 16 Dec 07 - 05:44 PM

The lyrics given don't seem to fit to the reel. Perhaps the reel doesn't have lyrics.
The above lyrics don't scan to the notes of the reel very well to make them intelligible.
Maybe someone should write new lyrics to the reel. I tried to do it......

Such as:

A part:

"There's a Wind from the West that's
known by the people there,
It tells of a time when the
Nation had an equal care
of those who remember
why they suffered through the
awful years,
and tried to survive
with their lives and their many tears the

B part:

Wind blew high and the wind blew the barley 'round
the sound of freedom whistled through the little town
The time was alive and the land was awakening to
music of the dance and the
promise of a day to bring......

A part:

A Wind from the West that would
sweep o'er the land 'o Green, from
Donegal and Shannon down to
Kerry and to Skibereen,
And rise to the size of a
storm and a hurricane
And carry in it's message to the
rattle of a windowpane

B Part:

the Wind shaked the barley and
cleared out the misery
of all those who suffered but pre-
-served the dream of Liberty, and
to the generations and all that would follow,
there would never be a time when their
sentiments were hollow,

and they thrive.

(Well, it's a start)

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: Tune Add: WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 16 Dec 07 - 07:45 PM

The reel has nothing at all to do with the song, beyond a coincidence of title. The 'Royal Charlie' Joyce intended was the jig of that name (Joe has provided a link to examples at JC's Tunefinder). As sung nowadays it has changed a bit, but is still recognisably the same tune, albeit altered. Here is an example as printed in the late 19th century (though from a reprint of 1922):

X:1
T:The Wind that Shakes the Barley
C:Robert Dwyer Joyce (words)
N:Tune: Royal Charlie
B:A P Graves, 'The Irish Song Book'. London: T Fisher Unwin, 14th impression, 1922, 70-71.
B:First edition 1894.
M:6/8
L:1/8
Q:1/4=100
K:C
"mournfully" B|c2 A (AG) E|c2 A (AG) E|c2 A d2 B|G3 (GA) B|
w:I sat with-in_ the val-ley green_ I sat me with my true love_ My
c2 B c2 d|(ef) e e2 d|c2 A (BA) G|A3 A2 B|
w:sad heart strove the two_ be-tween The old love and_ the new love The
c2 B c2 d|(ef) e e2 d|c2 G (cd) e|(d2 B) (GA) B|
w:old for her, the new_ that made Me think on Ire_land dear-*ly_ While
c2 B c2 d|(ef) e e2 d|c2 A (BA) G|A3 A2||
w:soft the wind blew down_ the glade And shook the gold-*en bar-ley.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: Declan
Date: 16 Dec 07 - 08:12 PM

Frank suggests that the reel doesn't have lyrics, but while they are not at all connected to the song, there is a set of lyrics sung occasionally to the reel.

I have heard Johnnie Moynihan among others singing these fairly nonsensical words to the tune of the reel.

It starts something like

Oh roe we rattled them
Oh roe we chased them
Oh roe we ratlled them
The little pack of tailors.

Nothing really to do with the reel's title, or to the song of the same name. The only connection is the tune title.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 17 Dec 07 - 09:47 AM

re Declan's ditty, the way I know it starts off:

As I was going to Dublin I met a little tailor,
I put him in my pocket for fear the dogs would chase him;
the dogs began to bark at him and I began to beat him,
I put him in the pocket for fear the dogs would eat him.

so there are words for both A& B parts of the tune. 'eat' and 'beat' are pronounced to rhyme with 'late'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: PoppaGator
Date: 17 Dec 07 - 02:47 PM

Anyone have any comments about the recent award-winning film of the same title?

Such as: Which of the two songs under discussion here, if either, might have served as a point of reference and/or been sung in the film?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: GUEST,BBofey
Date: 17 Dec 07 - 03:05 PM

Declan, that's 'The Little Pack of Tailors', as recorded by Len Graham with Skylark.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: Declan
Date: 17 Dec 07 - 08:14 PM

Poppagator,

it is the Robert Joyce song that is sung in the film. The song is sung in a scene towards the beginning of the film where there is a wake for a young man who has been shot by the Black and Tans.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (R D Joyce)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Apr 08 - 12:49 AM

Here is the original text from Robert Dwyer Joyce, Ballads, Romances, and Songs, Dublin: J. Duffy, 1861, page 244ff. Note there are many differences in wording between this and the version in the DT, as well as between this and the other versions posted above.

THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY.
Air—"The old love and the new love".

1. I sat within the valley green,
    I sat me with my true love,
My sad heart strove the two between,
    The old love and the new love,—
The old for her, the new that made
    Me think on Ireland dearly,
While soft the wind blew down the glade
    And shook the golden barley.

2. 'Twas hard the woeful words to frame
    To break the ties that bound us,—
'Twas harder still to bear the shame
    Of foreign chains around us;
And so I said, "The mountain glen
    I'll seek next morning early,
And join the brave United men!"
    While soft winds shook the barley.

3. While sad I kissed away her tears,
    My fond arms round her flinging,
The foeman's shot burst on our ears,
    From out the wildwood ringing,—
The bullet pierced my true love's side,
    In life's young spring so early,
And on my breast in blood she died
    While soft winds shook the barley!

4. I bore her to the wildwood screen,
    And many a summer blossom
I placed with branches thick and green
    Above her gore-stain'd bosom:—
I wept and kissed her pale, pale cheek,
    Then rushed o'er vale and far lea,
My vengeance on the foe to wreak,
    While soft winds shook the barley!

5. And blood for blood without remorse
    I've ta'en at Oulart Hollow,*—
I've placed my true-love's clay-cold corse
    Where I full soon will follow;
And round her grave I wander drear,
    Noon, night, and morning early,
With breaking heart whene'er I hear
    The wind that shakes the barley!


*The deep quarry on Oulart hill. [Author's footnote]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 18 Apr 08 - 02:30 PM

Dick Gaughan did a lovely version of this.

You can hear my version here

Sue


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 18 Apr 08 - 02:31 PM

hmmm, that link doesn't seem to work...try www.myspace.com/pinkfroot


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: GUEST,merry
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 08:33 AM

thanks guys, i was looking for the song by steeleye span but couldn't find it anywhere, i kept getting the other one. now my only issue is that i can't find the song anywhere on the internet, i typed "steeleye span harvest moon" into youtube and got some anime proudction... hmm. any hints on where i could find it would be very handy (n.b. itunes doesn't have it)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (K Tynan)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jun 10 - 10:24 PM

The Wind that Shakes the Barley
by Katharine Tynan Hinkson (b. Jan. 21, 1861 - d. April 2, 1931)

There's music in my heart all day,
I hear it late and early,
It comes from fields are far away,
The wind that shakes the barley.

Above the uplands drenched with dew
The sky hangs soft and pearly,
An emerald world is listening to
The wind that shakes the barley.

Above the bluest mountain crest
The lark is singing rarely,
It rocks the singer into rest,
The wind that shakes the barley.

Oh, still through summers and through springs
It calls me late and early.
Come home, come home, come home, it sings,
The wind that shakes the barley.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
From: GUEST,Bob_piper
Date: 22 Jul 13 - 10:04 AM

Of course, just to complicate matters you could throw in "The Maid Who Sold her Barley" recorded by Deanta, which uses the same tune as the ballad, but at a jig tempo. However, this tune does not have the phrase, "the wind that shakes the barley" instead it has "kind sir, I've sold my barley."


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