Old Hag, You Have Killed Me jig

Also known as ‘Chailligh Do Mhairis Mé, Away With Ye, O Hag You Have Killed Me, Oh Hag You’ve Killed Me, Old Hag You Have Killed Me, Old Hag You Have Killed Me!, Old Hag You’ve Killed Me, Old Hag, You’ve Killed Me, Old Hag,You’ve Killed Me, The Sheep On The Mountain.

There are 46 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Dinny Delaney’s (a few times), Morrison’s (a few times) and Langstrom’s Pony (a few times).

Old Hag, You Have Killed Me has been added to 19 tune sets.

Old Hag, You Have Killed Me has been added to 613 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Old Hag, You Have Killed Me
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
FDD cAA|ded cAG|A3 ABG|ABA A2G|
FDD cAA|ded cAF|G3 GcA|1 GAG G2E:|2 GAG G2e||
|:f3 gfg|afd cAG|A3 ABG|ABA A2e|
f3 gfg|afd cAF|G3 GcA|1 GAG G2e:|2 GAG G2E||
X: 2
T: Old Hag, You Have Killed Me
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
FDD cAA|ded cAG|~A3 ABG|ABA A2G|
FDD cAA|ded cAF|~G3 GcA|1 GAG G2E:|2 GAG G2e||
|:~f3 gfg|afd cAG|~A3 ABG|ABA A2e|
~f3 gfg|afd cAF|~G3 GcA|1 GAG G2e:|2 GAG G2E||
X: 3
T: Old Hag, You Have Killed Me
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
FDD cAA|ded cAG|(3AcA A ABG|(3AcA A A2G|
F(3DDD cAA|ded cAF|(3GcG G GcA|1 GAG G2E:|2 GAG G2e||
|:~f3 gfg|(3agf d cAG|~A3 ABG|ABA A2e|
~f3 gfg|afd cAF|~G3 GcA|1 GAG G2e:|2 GAG G2E||
X: 4
T: Old Hag, You Have Killed Me
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:FDD c2A|ded cAG|Ac/A/A ABG|Ac/A/A ABG|
F2D cBc|ded cAD|G3 GcA|1 G3 G2E:|2 G3 G2e||
|:f3 g2e|fed cAG|Ac/A/A ABG|Ac/A/A ABd|
f3 g2e|fed cAD|G3 GcA| G3 GBd|
f2d g2e|fed cAG|A3 ABG|A3 B/c/de|
f2d g3|afd cAD|G3 GcA|G3 G3||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: Old Hag, You Have Killed Me
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:cAA G2E|A3 GED|EG/F/E EFD|EG/F/E EFD|
c2A G3|A3 GEA|D3 DGE|1 D3 D2B:|2 D3 D2B||
|:c3 d2B|cBA GED|EG/F/E EFD|EG/F/E EFA|
c3 d2B|cBA GEA|D3 DGE| D3 DFA|
c2A d2B|cBA GED|E3 EFD|E3 F/G/AB|
c2A d3|ecA GEA|D3 DGE|D3 D3||
# Added by JACKB .

Eleven comments

This tune played in sessions in Bristol (UK). The version posted is unornamented, but here is an ornamented version from Norbeck’s collection:

FDD cAA|ded cAG|~A3 ABG|ABA A2G|
FDD cAA|ded cAF|~G3 GcA|1 GAG G2E:|2 GAG G2e||
|:~f3 gfg|afd cAG|~A3 ABG|ABA A2e|
~f3 gfg|afd cAF|~G3 GcA|1 GAG G2e:|2 GAG G2E||

Interestingly, all the "hag" jigs in thesession.org’s database are all in Dmix, and they all seem to have a similar style. Does anyone
have any background for this?

trevor

Variations for piper

FDD cAA|ded cAG|(3AcA A ABG|(3AcA)A A2G|
F(3DDD cAA|ded cAF|(3GcG G GcA|1 GAG G2E:|2 GAG G2e||
|:~f3 gfg|(3agf d cAG|~A3 ABG|ABA A2e|
~f3 gfg|afd cAF|~G3 GcA|1 GAG G2e:|2 GAG G2E||


And do not forget to play these triplets as ****** tight as possible!

Urs

True Story

For quite a while I had been nagging my husband to edge around the flower beds. Finally, one day, I was learning a new fiddle tune (Old Hag, you have killed me), when I happened to notice my husband out doors, working away, edging the beds.

When he came in, all hot, sweaty and exhausted, I said, "I learned a new tune today, would you like to hear it?"

He said, "Sure".

I played it and he said, "That’s nice, what’s the name of that tune?"

I said, "Old Hag, you are killing me", and we both suddenly realized how funny it was that I would learn that tune, while he was outside working so hard.

Linda

Posted by .

I think I’m correct in saying that in old Irish culture a "hag" was an old woman with attributed witch-like powers, usually to the detriment of others - like making the milk go bad or the cow having a still-birth. Perhaps someone with more expert knowledge would like to confirm (or otherwise)?

“The Sheep on the Mountain” ~ what’s in a name, eh?

https://thesession.org/tunes/2442

Just a few differences here…and interesting comments… Is there such a thing as a ‘smiley’ with horns?

Surely this tune’s in 12-8 time!

Chietains

Listening to "The Best of the Claddagh Years" I noticed that the track called "Away with Ye" is the tune of "Old Hag". Anyone agree?

First measure

The first measure didn’t seem right. I listened to a few takes on this. I’m pretty sure it’s best as
FDD bcA

Old Hag, You Have Killed Me, X:5

A Mix setting

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Legends and myths

@fidicen, I doubt you’ll see this since your post was from 12 years ago, but I was reading today a book by Oliver Sacks called "Hallucinations" and in one chapter he talks about sleep paralysis. (People’s bodies become immobilised when they enter REM — dreaming — sleep, but he says many people also experience this immobilisation as paralysis that occurs during the process of waking from sleep, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations and physical sensations of suffocation or pressure on the chest). He says:

"The ‘mare’ in ‘nightmare’ originally referred to a demonic woman who suffocated sleepers by lying on their chests (she was called ‘Old Hag’ in Newfoundland)."

When I read that I immediately thought of this tune and came here to check it out. I’ll bet that "Old Hag" is more widespread than just Newfoundland, and I’d wager that the Old Hag in the tune is a reference to this experience…..