Planxty Kelly jig

By Turlough O’Carolan

Also known as The Elfin Fairies, Fly Not Yet.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Planxty Kelly appears in 1 other tune collection.

Planxty Kelly has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Planxty Kelly
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E|EAA AGA|B2A G3/2A/B|c2B A3/2B/c|B3/2A/B g^fg|
e2d c3/2d/e|dBA GAB|cBA GED|EAA A2||
e|e^f^g a2c'|bba =g2b|a2 (3b/a/^g/ e2^f|=g2 (3a/g/e/ d2=f|
e2 (3f/e/d/ c2e|dBA GAB|cBA GED|EAA A2||
# Added by ndlxs .
2
X: 2
T: Planxty Kelly
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E|EAA AGA|B2A G3/2A/B|c2B A3/2B/c|B3/2A/B gfg|
e2d c3/2d/e|dBA GAB|cBA GED|EAA A2||
B|Bcd e2g|f2e d2f|e2B B2c|d3 B2c|
B3 G2B|AFE DEF|GFE dBA|Bee e2||
# Added by JACKB .
3
X: 3
T: Planxty Kelly
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D|:D2 D D2 E|F2 G A2 F|A2 B c2 d|e2 d (cB) A|f2 f e2 d|
d2 c B2 ^A|B2 c d2 B|A2 G F2 E|D2 d (de) c d2 z z2 D:|
|:D3 d3|D3 d2 d|f2 e e2 d|d2 c B2 ^A|
B2 c d2 B|A2 G F2 E|D2 d (de) c|d3 z2 z:|

Four comments

Re: Planxty Kelly

There is a much different setting of this tune in Bunting. And each of Beethoven did an arrangement of words to it, and Moore also word words for it.

Re: Planxty Kelly

The setting by Thomas Moore is called “Fly Not Yet”. It turns up in the Winder manuscripts.

Fly not yet, tis just the hour, When pleasure, like the midnight ower
That scorns the eye of vulgar light, Begins to bloom for sons of night,
And maids who love the moon.

Twas but to bless the hours of shade That beauty and the moon were made;
Tis then their soft attractions glowing , Set the tides and goblets flowing.
Oh! stay, Oh! stay,

Joy that seldom weaves a chain, Like this to-night, that oh, tis pain.
To break its links so soon.

Fly not yet, the fount that played, In times of old through Ammons shade,
Though icy cold by day it ran, Yet still, like souls of mirth, began,
To burn when night was near.

And thus, should womans heart and looks, At noon be cold as winter brooks,
Nor kindle till the night, returning, Brings their genial hour for burning.
Oh! stay, Oh! stay,

When did morning ever break, And find such beaming eyes awake
As those that sparkle here?

Nice words..

Planxty Kelly, X:3

This version is credited as “Air: Planxty Kelly” in Beethoven’s WoO 154, where he (or rather, his editor, the folksong collector George Thomson) set the lyrics “The Elfin Fairies” to it, by David Thomson, George’s brother.

http://beethovensirishsongs.ie/about-the-songs/

What is more interesting is the complete reduction of a triplet rhythm to a swung one and the change of the A section from eight bars to ten. Turlough O’Carolan is definitely not credited.

Lyrics by David Thomson (flourished 1812) for reference, although I think the tune is better than the words:

We fairy elves in secret dells,
All day contrive our magic spells,
Till sable night o’ercast the sky,
And trough the airy regions fly,
By Cynthia’s light so clear:
Around the earth ere dawn of day,
On high we win our easy way;
Sometimes the lawns to earth inviting,
On the velvet turf alighting;
So light, so light,
So light o’er pliant stalks we fleet,
The blade scarce bends beneath our feet,
But shakes as if for fear.

Refrain
So light, so light,
So light o’er pliant stalks we fleet,
The blade scarce bends beneath our feet,
But shakes as if for fear.

And if no bus’ness calls from home
Around the wheeling globe to roam;
We to some flow’ry meadow stray,
And sing and dance the night away,
Around our Fairy Queen.
Then we our mushroom board prepare,
The gather’d sweets of flow’rs our fare,
The dewy nectar round distilling,
All our hairbell goblets filling;
Good night, good night:
Good night we say, then sink to rest
Upon some lily’s downy breast,
By mortal eyes unseen.

Refrain
Good night, good night:
Good night we say, then sink to rest
Upon some lily’s downy breast,
By mortal eyes unseen.