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Lr. Req.: My (other) Irish Molly-o

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MY IRISH MOLLY-O


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12 Jul 98 - 06:56 PM
Mick Lowe 12 Jul 98 - 07:13 PM
Martin Ryan. 13 Jul 98 - 04:59 PM
Bruce O. 13 Jul 98 - 05:25 PM
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Subject: Lr. Req.: My (other) Irish Molly-o
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Date: 12 Jul 98 - 06:56 PM

"My Irish Molly O" often appears as the air for "Irish" songs in old American songbooks. It rarely appears to be the one given in the DT - and curently very popular in Ireland.

Anyone got an air or set of words?

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lr. Req.: My (other) Irish Molly-o
From: Mick Lowe
Date: 12 Jul 98 - 07:13 PM

If it's the same one as I've got then you can get the words and tadpoles from here (fingers crossed this link business will work this time)
Irish@prof.co.uk
Regards
Mick


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Subject: RE: Lr. Req.: My (other) Irish Molly-o
From: Martin Ryan.
Date: 13 Jul 98 - 04:59 PM

Mick

Haven't asked for a copy of that - but I suspect its the same as the one in the DT.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lr. Req.: My (other) Irish Molly-o
From: Bruce O.
Date: 13 Jul 98 - 05:25 PM

There's one (different song than that in DT) in Joyce's 'Old Irish Folk Music and Songs', #403.


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Subject: RE: Lr. Req.: My (other) Irish Molly-o
From: Martin Ryan.
Date: 13 Jul 98 - 07:47 PM

Bruce

Thanks. I'll look it up next time I'm in Dublin.(Unless of course, you ....)

Regards


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Subject: Lyr Add: IRISH MOLLY-O
From: Martin Ryan
Date: 24 Jul 98 - 06:56 AM

At a recent talk by one Brian Mullins on the connections between the Orange and Green song-traditions in the North, he traced the well-known "Sash My Father Wore", via "The Hat My Father Wore", to the following:

IRISH MOLLY-O

Tell me who is that poor stranger that lately came to town
And like a pilgrim all alone, he wanders up and down
He's a poor forlorn Glasgow lad and if you'd like to know
His heart is breaking all in vain for Irish Molly-o

Chorus
She is young and she is beautiful and her likes I've never known
The lily of old Ireland and the primrose of Tyrone
She's the lily of old Ireland and no matter where I go
My heart will always hunger for my Irish Molly-o

Oh but when her father heard of this a solemn vow he swore
That if she wed a foreigner, he would never see her more
He called for young MacDOnald and he plainly told him so
I'll never give to such as you my Irish Molly-o

Mac Donald heard the heavy news and sadly he did say
Farewell my lovely Molly, I am banished far away
Till death shall come to comfort me and to the grave I go
My heart will always hunger for my Irish Molly-0

Mick Maloney (?), apparently, came across this in an American songbook of about 1810. Since then, I've found versions in several later 19th C. books - there are a few other verses in some. I'm just curious as to whether it is still sung, whether the Sash air (slowly and freely) is used - and whether this is the "Irish Molly" tune mentioned in such books. The DT Irish Molly is much later - about 1910, I believe.

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Subject: RE: Lr. Req.: My (other) Irish Molly-o
From: MartinRyan
Date: 19 Aug 11 - 04:52 PM

Just to mop up...

When 19C. song books mention "My Irish Molly" as the air to a song, it's the Sash/Hat my father wore tune to which they refer.

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