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Lyr Add: Barney

Michael in Swansea 07 Feb 01 - 10:29 AM
Midchuck 07 Feb 01 - 10:48 AM
GUEST,Waterlilys@aol.com 07 Feb 01 - 04:55 PM
Wolfgang 08 Feb 01 - 03:48 AM
Joe Offer 08 Feb 01 - 04:06 AM
Garry Gillard 08 Feb 01 - 10:32 PM
Artful Codger 07 May 10 - 07:48 PM
Jim Dixon 11 May 10 - 04:21 PM
Steve Gardham 11 May 10 - 05:56 PM
open mike 12 May 10 - 02:19 PM
Artful Codger 13 May 10 - 04:34 AM
Joe Offer 13 May 10 - 03:42 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: BARNEY ^^
From: Michael in Swansea
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 10:29 AM

BARNEY

Here I am, an Irish girl, a jolly girl am I
For singing and for dancing, sure all troubles I defy
I fell in love with an Irish boy, to me he's just a charm
And blue-eyed is my Barney, and he lives down on the farm

Chorus:
He's the neatest, and the sweetest is my Barney
He comes from the lakes of Killarney
And on Saint Patrick's Day sure we'll both be going away
Then I'll be married to my Barney

Have you ever seen my Barney in the fields at early morn
With a scythe across his shoulders as he tripped through the corn
To be so young and beautiful, he loves no-one but me
And I'm waiting for the day to come, whem Barney'll marry me

Collected by Nellie Walsh for Ireland's Own magazine
MJR ^^


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Barney
From: Midchuck
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 10:48 AM

There's an old Ian Tyson song with the same title, about an old horse that he had to put down. One of the saddest I ever heard.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Barney
From: GUEST,Waterlilys@aol.com
Date: 07 Feb 01 - 04:55 PM

Thank you Mike in Swansea for all the lyrics you posted!

slan, mary


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Barney
From: Wolfgang
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 03:48 AM

De Dannan sing it as 'Barney from Killarney' on 'Song for Ireland' and you can listen to it: here

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Barney
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 04:06 AM

I'm sure that this is a perfectly wonderful song, but I can't get that purple dinosaur out of my mind....


But on a more serious note, is there a volunteer to transcribe a MIDI (Preferably Noteworthy file with lyrics)??
-Joe Offer (click to e-mail)-


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Subject: Lyr Add: BARNEY
From: Garry Gillard
Date: 08 Feb 01 - 10:32 PM

And there's another song called Barney sung by the Watersons - to the same tune as "My bonny lies over the ocean".

Garry

BARNEY

Well he's gone and I'm now sad and lonely
He has left me to cross the blue sea
but I know that he thinks of me only
and he'll soon be returning to me

His eyes they were filled with devotion
as my husband he said he would be
Blow gently ye winds of the ocean
and bring back my Barney to me

If at night as I lay on my pillow
the wild winds they mourn and they sigh
and I think of each angry billow
and I watch every cloud o'er the sky

My bosom is filled with emotion
as I see my love over the sea
Blow gently ye winds of the ocean
and bring back my Barney to me

He has left me his fortune to better
and I know that he left for my sake
Soon I'll be receiving a letter
If not sure my poor heart will break

For to think that he'll soon be returning
to his beauteous dear island and me
Blow gently ye winds of the ocean
and bring back my Barney to me

Last night as I lay on my pillow
Last night as I lay on my bed
Last night as I lay on my pillow
I dreamed my poor Barney was dead

My bosom is filled with emotion
as I see my love over the sea
Blow gently ye winds of the ocean
and bring back my Barney to me


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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: SEND BACK MY BARNEY TO ME
From: Artful Codger
Date: 07 May 10 - 07:48 PM

The Waterson song is clearly taken from the Harry Clifton song "Send Back My Barney to Me", though the tune is entirely different. I've prepared the following music transcription from original sheet music scans provided by Steve Gardham, who also transcribed the lyrics. I'll leave it to Steve to provide comments on dating this work.


SEND BACK MY BARNEY TO ME
  Written and Composed by Harry Clifton.
  Arranged by M. Hobson.

He is gone and I'm now sad and lonely,
He has left me to cross the wide sea,
But I know that he thinks of me only,
And will soon be returning to me.

    His eyes they were fill'd with devotion
    As my husband he said he'd soon be
    Then blow gently ye winds of the ocean
    And send back my Barney to me.

If at night as I rest on my pillow,
The wind heaves a moan and a sigh,
I think of each angry billow,
And watch ev'ry cloud o'er the sky.

    My bosom it fills with emotion,
    As I pray for one over the sea,
    Then blow gently ye winds of the ocean
    And send back my Barney to me.

He has left me his fortune to better,
I know that he went for my sake,
Soon I'll be receiving a letter,
(If not sure my poor heart will break.)

    To say that he'll soon be returning,
    To his dear native Ireland and me,
    The blow gently ye winds of the ocean
    And send back my Barney to me.


X:1
T:Send Back My Barney to Me
T:(melody only)
C:Words and music by Harry Clifton
Z:Transcription by Artful Codger
% Guitar chords added by the transcriber, reflecting the piano accompaniment.
S:Transcribed from original sheet music provided by Steve Gardham.
M:6/8
Q:"Andantino" 3/8=72 % transcriber's estimate
L:1/8
K:Gminor
% Piano intro
(ba) | "Gm"g2g "D7"g^fd | "Gm"(Lb3 "D7"Lc'3) | "Gm"(d'c'b bc'd') |
"D7"^f3-fba | "Gm"g2g "D7"(g^fd) | "Gm"(Lb3 "D7"Lc'3) | "Gm"d'c'b "D7"a{c'}ba |
%
% Song
"Gm"g3-g2 || B/A/ | "Gm"G G G "D7"G ^F D | "Gm"B3 "D7"c z d/ e/ | "Gm"d c B B c d |
w:** He is done and I'm now sad and lone-ly, He has left me to cross the wide
"D7"^F3-F B A | "Gm"G G G "D7"G ^F D | "Gm"(B3 c"D7") z c/ c/ |
w:sea,* But I know that he thinks of me on-ly, And will
"Gm"d c B "D7"c B A | "Gm"G3-G2 g | "D7"(^fe'd' c'ba) | "G"g3-g2 B
w:soon be re-turn-ing to me...._ || **His
"Bb"B A B f d B | "F7"A c2-c z B/ c/ | "Bb"d> c B B c d |
w:eyes they were fill'd with de-vo-tion_ As my hus-band he said he'd soon
"D"^F3 z B "D7"A | "Gm"G G G "D7"G ^F D | "Gm"(B3 "D7"c) z (B/c/)
w:be Then blow gen-tly ye winds of the o-cean And*
% F# in first bar corrected from F natural
"Gm"d c B "D7"c B A | "Gm"G3-G2 (b/a/) | "Gm"g2 g "D7"(g^fd) | "Gm"b3 "D7"c'3 | "Gm"d'c'b "D7"aba | "Gm"g3-g2 z ||
w:send back my Bar-ney to me...._ |||||


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY BARNEY IS OUT ON THE SEA
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 May 10 - 04:21 PM

This song seems related; at least it concerns Barney going out to sea and leaving his sweetheart alone, and the metrical structure is the same.

From the sheet music at
The Library of Congress American Memory Collection:


MY BARNEY IS OUT ON THE SEA
Words, Arthur N. French. Music, C. A. White.
Boston: White, Smith & Company, 1876.

1. My Barney is out on the ocean.
His good ship is sailing away,
Where tempests and wild waves' commotion
Endanger him day after day.
How sad was the hour we parted!
With kisses he whispered to me,
"Oh darling one, don't be sad-hearted.
'Tis soon I'll return unto thee.
Oh darling one, don't be sad-hearted.
'Tis soon I'll return unto thee."

CHORUS: My Barney is out on the sea.
My Barney is out on the sea.
Oh, when will he come back to me?
When will he come back to me?

2. My Barney is out on the ocean,
But Heaven will keep him I know,
For this is my pray'r of devotion
Each day that he roams to and fro.
In slumber's soft hour he is near me,
And visions of sweetest delight.
They linger to comfort and cheer me,
Awhile thro' the lone weary night.
They linger to comfort and cheer me
Awhile thro' the lone weary day.

3. My Barney is out on the ocean.
How slowly the days wander by!
My poor little heart with commotion,
Turns ever to him with a sigh.
Yet ever with sweetest foreknowing,
I dream of the bright days to be,
When balmiest gales softly blowing,
Shall bring him back safely to me;
When balmiest gales softly blowing,
Shall bring him back safely to me.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Barney
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 11 May 10 - 05:56 PM

I've just received the full score midi from Artful. It's a hell of a tune and nothing like a Music Hall tune. Like a minor version of Rosin the Bow. The Arthur French/Chas White song is obviously based on 'Send Back My Barney to Me'. Going by the stock number, Hopwood & Crew 795 I'd say it dates it to 1864-5.
Artful, do you fancy comparing the White tune with the other 3?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Barney
From: open mike
Date: 12 May 10 - 02:19 PM

here's a link to the Ian Tyson song about a horse named Barney
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=129418&messages=1


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Subject: Tune Add: MY BARNEY IS OUT ON THE SEA
From: Artful Codger
Date: 13 May 10 - 04:34 AM

As far as I can tell, the four tunes (Clifton's "Send Back My Barney", French & White's "My Barney Is Out on the Ocean", Watersons' "Barney", and "My Bonny Lies over the Ocean") bear little or no relation. White's tune appears entirely original (even though French's lyrics look somewhat pirated), and is in the nature of a march—which doesn't exactly complement the feeling of the lyrics.

Here's a quick ABC transcription of White's tune, which you can feed to Concertina.net's Tune-o-tron or Folkinfo's ABC converter to get a MIDI. I'll also send a MIDI to Joe Offer, who can post it with Jim Dixon's message, if he feels so moved.


X:1
T:My Barney Is Out on the Sea
% melody only
C:Words by Arthur N. French
C:Music by Charles A. White
S:Period sheet music at the Library of Congress's American Memory site.
Z:Artful Codger
H:Published in Boston: White, Smith & Co., 1876.
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:1/4=120 " Andante" % transcriber's estimate
K:G
D2 |G2F> GE2F> E |E4D2zD |G2F> GA2E> E |F4 z2 D2 |
G2F> GE2F> E |E4D2zD |D2F> GA2F> F |G6 D2 |
A2^G> AA2B>A |G4B2zD |A2^G> AB2 c> B |B6 B2 |
d2d> dc2B> B |A4c2zc |B2{d}c> BA2G> A |B6 B2 |
d2d> dc2B> B |A4c2zc |B2D> BA2D> D |G6 ||
%
% Refrain
d2 |d2d> dd2{f}e> d |f6 zd |d2d> dd2{f}e> d |g6-g g |
f2 e> d c2 B> A |(e4 d2) z2 |f2 "^ad lib." e> d c2 [Be]< [Af] | [G6g6] x2 ||


(I dropped the fermatas, which make the MIDI playback sound mistimed.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Barney
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 May 10 - 03:42 PM

Note the MIDIs Artful Codger sent me for "Send Back My Barney To Me" - far more satisfying than relying on "My Bonnie."


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Also: "My Barney Is Out on the Sea" (French/White), that Jim Dixon posted above.

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