My Love Is Like The Sun reel

Also known as Curragh Of Kildare, The Winter Is Past, The Winter It Is Passed, The Winter It Is Past.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

My Love Is Like The Sun has been added to 1 tune set.

My Love Is Like The Sun has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: My Love Is Like The Sun
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
D2 | F2 E F2 A2 | B4 e2 d2 | B3 A F2 D2 | E5 e2 | B4 c2 d2 | e4 g2 f2 | e5 B2 |
d3 e f2 d2 | e4 d2 c2 | B2 A2 F2 D2 | E4 G2 A2 | B e3 d2 c2 | B A3 F2 D2 | E4 ||
X: 2
T: My Love Is Like The Sun
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE | FE F<A D2 dB | AFED E2 EF | GABc dcB^A | B6
AG | FABc d2 dB | AFED E2 DE | F2 BA GFED | D6 |]

Four comments

My Love Is Like The Sun

This is a version of the Curragh of Kildare from the Isle of Man, collected in the 1890’s. The notation doesn’t do justice to the way it is played (it certainly isn’t a reel) But it is a lovely tune which makes a nice contrast to the dance tunes in a session.

My Love Is Like The Sun, X:2

The Glasgow band The Clutha recorded an air on "Scots Songs and Music Recorded at the Kinross Festival of Traditional Dance and Song 1973" called "The Winter is Past" (X:2 above). Jimmy Shand turned it into a waltz in his Book of Waltzes (Vol.4, n.d., c 1960) under the title "The Winter It Is Past". Both stem from a song by Burns in Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum (vol 2, 1788). Burns probably based his words on an older song about an 18th century highwayman who was hanged in Kildare.

There’s also a setting in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903) called "The Winter Is Past".

Re: My Love Is Like The Sun

Words of Burns’ song - The Winter it is Past

The winter it is past, and the summer ‘s come at last,
And the small birds sing on ev’ry tree;
The hearts of these are glad, but mine is very sad,
For my Lover has parted from me.

The rose upon the brier, by the waters running clear,
May have charms for the linnet or the bee;
Their little loves are blest and their little hearts at rest,
But my Lover is parted from me

My love is like the sun, in the firmament does run,
For ever constant and true;
But his is like the moon that wanders up and down,
And every month it is new.

All you that are in love and cannot it remove,
I pity the pains you endure:
For experience makes me know that your hearts are full of woe,
A woe that no mortal can cure.

Re: My Love Is Like The Sun

Thanks Susan. I first learned "The Curragh of Kildare" version sung by the McPeake family back in the 60s! Only discovered the Burns version very much later. The tune for the McPeake’s version is different from either X1 or X2, but many shared lyrics.