Spanish Lady polka

Also known as Belfast City, Dublin City, Galway City, Shanty By The Way, Spanish Ladies, Thady Regan.

There are 25 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Girl I Left Behind Me (a few times), Leather Away The Wattle-O (a few times), The Rattlin’ Bog (a few times) and Salmon Tails Up The Water (a few times).

Spanish Lady has been added to 16 tune sets.

Spanish Lady has been added to 279 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Spanish Lady
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A/G/|:FA AB/c/|d>c de/f/|ge fd|BA A/B/A/G/|
FA AB/c/|d>c de/f/|ge fd|BA A2:|
fa a/b/a/f/|ed de|fa a>f|ed e2|
fa a/b/a/f/|ed de/f/|ge fd|BA A2:|
X: 2
T: Spanish Lady
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FG AB/c/ | de de/f/ | {a}ge {g}fd | {c}BA A>G ||
FG AB/c/ | de de/f/ | {a}ge {g}fd | {c}BA A2 |]
[| fa {b}a (3f/g/f/ | (3e/f/e/ d/c/ de | fa {b}a (3f/g/f/ | (3e/f/e/ d e2 ||
fa {b}a (3f/g/f/ | (3e/f/e/ d/c/ de/f/ | {a}ge {g}fd | {c}BA A2 |]
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X: 3
T: Spanish Lady
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: FA AB/c/ | dd de/f/ | ge fd | BA A/B/A/G/ |
FA AB/c/ | dd de/f/ | ge fd | BA A2 :|
|: fa a/b/a/f/ | ed de | fa a/b/a/f/ | ae e>g |
fa a/b/a/f/ | ed de/f/ | ge fd | BA A2 :|
X: 4
T: Spanish Lady
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
B2|:AA AB|dd de|f/f/f/f/ f>e|dB Bf/e/|AA AB|dd de|fa a>f|ed d2:|
e|:fa a>f|ed d>e|fa a>f|ed e2|fa a>f|ed d>e|f/g/f/e/ f>e| dB B2:|

Ten comments

Dance Tune Sets

Used for the dance Waves of Tory with tune Waves of Tory and Rattling Bog

Also a song

This is also a very common song with many versions of the lyrics. The Contemplator ( http://www.contemplator.com ) has two versions, one as Spanish Lady and one as Galway City.
This was actually one of the very first Irish songs I ever learnt. I always play it as a song rather than tune, but sometimes play it in set with Maggie In the Woods, where the latter is an instrumental polka

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Spanish Lady (polka)

Very similar to "Finnegan’s Wake" in O’Neill.
Trevor

More Lyrics?…

Does anyone have the lyrics the Chieftains used for this song on their "Irish Evening" CD? It starts off pretty much the same as "the original," but the young lady is washing her clothes by the pale moonlight (instead of her feet by charcoal heat). The final verse they sing has me completely stumped — "Now blue it is a lovely color…"

Does anyone out there have the transcription?
Paul

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There’s an old copy on broadsheet in the Bodleian Library about Chester city in England

Lyrics are on Wikipedia and quite a few versions sung on YouTube inc 3 Irish Tenors

Transcribed this off John McKenna …

X: 1
T: Thady Regan
S: John McKenna - "His Original Recordings" - Columbia 1928
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: Polka
K: Dmaj
N: First time through the tune
Z: George Grasso - 5 June 2010
FG AB/c/ | de de/f/ | {a}ge {g}fd | {c}BA A>G ||
FG AB/c/ | de de/f/ | {a}ge {g}fd | {c}BA A2 |]
[| fa {b}a (3f/g/f/ | (3e/f/e/ d/c/ de | fa {b}a (3f/g/f/ | (3e/f/e/ d e2 ||
fa {b}a (3f/g/f/ | (3e/f/e/ d/c/ de/f/ | {a}ge {g}fd | {c}BA A2 |]

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“Spanish Ladies” = “The Seige of Ennis” 3 of 3 ~ rescued duplication

~ /tunes/11853
Submitted on March 23rd 2012 by fiddlerman.
https://thesession.org/members/82037

X: 3
T: Spanish Ladies
T: Seige of Ennis #3, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: FA AB/c/ | dd de/f/ | ge fd | BA A/B/A/G/ |
FA AB/c/ | dd de/f/ | ge fd | BA A2 :|
|: fa a/b/a/f/ | ed de | fa a/b/a/f/ | ae e>g |
fa a/b/a/f/ | ed de/f/ | ge fd | BA A2 :|

The ‘comments’ from the above rescued transcription can be found for "The Rattlin’ Bog", the link given below.

"Allan’s Irish Fiddler: Containing 120 Reels & Jigs, Hornpipes & Set Dances selected from all sources, arranged by Hugh McDermott"
Mozart Allan, Glasgow
Page 30, Set Dances #118: "The Seige of Ennis"

That suggested set of polkas:

1. ) "The Rattlin’ Bog" (with ‘comments’)
https://thesession.org/tunes/583
2. ) "Farewell To Whisky"
https://thesession.org/tunes/1529
3. ) "Spanish Ladies"

Spanish Lady, X:4

I’m not much of a fan of playing a song as a polka, and I don’t really like the Spanish Lady song, so when I found Paddy Cronin’s take on this I figured I couldn’t help but learn it. It’s a little bit notey, but I like how it deviates from the old classic song. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmm7u7Z7kPU)


My guess is Paddy had a different name for the polka that possibly predated the lyrics, but at the fear that it might be called "Patrick O’Keeffe’s" I think it is best that I don’t have it to include here.

I’ve heard this played with the Rose Tree and Britches Full of Stitches. It might be nice alongside "I Looked East and I Looked West" in D.