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Subject: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Charcloth
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 09:33 AM

I met a fellow this weekend who says he used to sing an old Irish lullaby that went to the tune of "Down in the Valley". He could not remember it though. Do any of you know the song? I would greatly appreciate the lyrics. Charcloth


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Jimmy C
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 09:42 AM

The Connemara Cradles Song is similar to "Down In The Valley" A little bit that I remember goes
The curraghs are sailingWay out on the blue
Laden with herring Of silvery dew
Silver the herring And silver the sea
Soon there'll be silver For babay and me

Hear the winds blow love
Hear the winds blow
Lean your head over
And hear the winds blow

I have he rest of the song somewhere if your are interested.

Jimmy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Jimmy C
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 09:44 AM

Charcloath,
Of course you are interested - I will hunt up the words when I get home tonight, unless someone posts them in the meantime.

Jimmy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Charcloth
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 12:58 PM

thanks (BTW how do you pronounce curraugh?)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: nutty
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 01:18 PM

The lyrics are here

CONNEMARA CRADLE SONG

Charcloth ... I understand thatthe pronunciation is CURRA


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Brían
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 05:53 PM

Thanks, Nutty. Do you know how close the melody is to DOWN IN THE VALLEY? I had a friend tell me about this song years ago, but he couldn't sing a note.

Brían


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: alison
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 09:26 PM

Connemara Cradle song is at

Mudcat MIDIs

see if it sounds right

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Charcloth
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 09:44 PM

is this the only one cause it may sound similar to down in the valley but it ain't quite the same tune


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: GUEST,mgarvey@pacifier.com
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 10:19 PM

here you go..http://www.gordonbok.com/zdeartoourisland.html

click on the connemara song. Sounds right nice. mg


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Alice
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 10:32 PM

This is a lullaby that I thought I had posted to the Mudcat long ago. I sing it quite often. Written by Delia Murphy.

alice


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Subject: Lyr Add: CONNEMARA CRADLE SONG (Delia Murphy)
From: Alice
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 10:39 PM

Here is what I posted in a 1998 thread on lullabies.

CONNEMARA CRADLE SONG
Music and words by Delia Murphy
Tune is an even more mournful variation of Down In The Valley

On wings of the wind, o'er the dark rolling deep,
Angels are coming to watch o'er thy sleep.
Angels are coming to watch over thee,
So list' to the wind coming over the sea.

Chorus
Hear the wind blow, dear, hear the wind blow,
Lean your head over, and hear the wind blow.

Oh winds of the night, may your fury be crossed,
May no one who's dear to our island be lost,
Blow the wind gently; calm be the foam,
Shine the light brightly to guide them back home.

Chorus

The currachs are sailing way out in the blue,
Laden with herrin' of silvery hue,
Silver the herrin' and silver the sea,
And soon there'll be silver, for baby and me.

Chorus

The currachs tomorrow will stand on the shore,
And daddy goes sailin', a sailin' no more,
The nets will be drying, the nets heaven blessed,
And safe in my arms, dear, your daddy will rest.
Chorus

I have the recording of the lullaby as done by Clancy Bros. and Tommy Makem on Irish Folksongs and Airs. CD
Now also lists it as recorded by Tommy Drennan and Irish Monarchs.

alice in montana

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 1-Dec-01.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Charcloth
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 08:22 AM

so how old is this. I was told it predated Down in the Valley, but I am beginning to think that isn't quite correct. Charcloth


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Brían
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 02:52 PM

Boy, I coulda sworn it was older myself. I'd love to hear any info on the origins of this melody. Thanks for the midi, Alison.

Brían.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Alice
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 03:31 PM

I think I read that the Clancy Bros. said the song went the other way - from the US to Ireland, where Delia Murphy wrote her version.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Alice
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 11:20 PM

For a bio of Delia Murphy, CLICK HERE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Brían
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 04:14 PM

Thank you, Alice. I was about to go to the library and see if I could find anything on Delia Murphy. That gave me a good start.

Brían.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 04:31 PM

Gordon Bok learned it on a recent trip to Ireland and has included it on his newest CD Dear To Our Island (now available from Folk-Legacy, of course).

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: GUEST,Mary
Date: 09 Feb 11 - 12:45 PM

Delia Murphy was a very popular singer in Ireland in the 1950s and only died fairly recently. Therefore, the American version would have predated hers


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: Alice
Date: 09 Feb 11 - 12:57 PM

The page I linked to from 2001 is gone.

Here is a web page about Delia Murphy by her grandson, Ronan Browne.
You can contact him there for more info.

http://www.deliamurphy.com/

Alice


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish lullaby to down in the Valley
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 09 Feb 11 - 04:48 PM

Alice, thanks for posting those beautiful words, even if it was a long time ago. It's a song worth saving.


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