Sarah’s Song waltz

Also known as Irish Beauty.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

Sarah’s Song has been added to 3 tune sets.

Sarah's Song has been added to 30 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Sarah's Song
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: D
A "A7"f>g \
| "D"f3 A d>c | "G"cB3 gf | "Em"e3 d ef | "A7"A3 A fg \
| "D"f3 A d>c | "G"cB3 "Em"gB | "A7"c3 d e>d | "D"d3 :|
A "A7"a>g \
| "Bm"f3 d "Em"gB | "A7"cA3 G>A | "G"B3 d ef | "A7"A3 A a>g \
| "D"f3 d "G"gB | "A7"cA3 G>A | "G"B3 d "A7"e>d | "D"d3 A "A7"a>g |
| "Bm"f3 d "Em"gB | "A7"cA3 G>A | "G"B3 d "Em"ef | "A7"A3 A f>g \
| "D"f3 A d>c | "G"cB3 "Em"gB | "A7"c3 d e>d | "D"d3 |]
X: 2
T: Sarah's Song
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A "A7"f>g \
| "D"f3 e d>c | "G"c/B3 B/ g>f | "Em"e3 d e>f | "A7"A3 A f>g \
| "D"f3 e d>c | "G"c/B3 B/ "Em"g>B | "A7"c3 d e>d | "D"d3 :|
A "A7"a>g \
| "Bm"f3 e/d/ "Em"g>B | "A7"c/A3 G>A | "G"B3 d e>f | "A7"A3 A a>g \
| "D"f3 e/d/ "G"g>B | "A7"c/A3 G>A | "G"B3 d "A7"e>d | "D"d3 A "A7"a>g |
| "Bm"f3 e/d/ "Em"g>B | "A7"c/A3 G>A | "G"B3 d "Em"e>f | "A7"A3 A f>g \
| "D"f3 e d>c | "G"c/B3 B/ "Em"g>B | "A7"c3 d e>d | "D"d3 |

Six comments

Re: Sarah’s Song

Kenneth has not taken the opportunity to comment on this, so it should be mentioned that it was composed by Phil Cunningham.

Re: Sarah’s Song

This is beautiful, I really enjoy playing it, thank you.

Re: Sarah’s Song

We played this tune along with Tam Baim’s Lum, believe it or not, as a regular offering in our gigs. Our accordion player, Derek Macdonald, who died back in January of this year, loved to play the slow air and get the audience really enjoying the tune then the reaction when we went into Tam Bain was always a lot of fun to see! The long last D note led straight in to the opening phrase of Tam Bain.

Sarah’s Song, X:2

Heard Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain play this extraordinary tune at Langholme in September 2016. Phil tells the story of receiving a phone call, asking him to write an "Irsih" tune that tells of Ireland’s "beauty", the two words he writes down on the scrap of paper, on which he then writes the tune. The page is then taken away for publication, and given the title "Irish Beauty", meaning, of course, the beauty of the land - not the title he had in mind. "Not a bad title, though" he says!

Re: Sarah’s Song

Your comment re the tune not being at all like a waltz is absolutely true, Rob. It’s just that there is no category on the site for it other than the waltz section. A great tune anyway!