The Lyke Wake Dirge waltz

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X: 1
T: The Lyke Wake Dirge
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e|A2 B|c2 e|{a}e2 d/c/|d2 c/d/|e2 f/e/|d2 c/B/|~e d2 -|d2 e|
e2 f/e/|d2 c/B/|d2 c/B/|A2 {ad}e|{ad}e2 f/e/|d2 c/B/|c A2-|A2:|
ef|g2 f/e/|f2 e/d/|e2 d/c/|d2 c/d/|e2 f/e/|d2 c/B/|~e d2 -|d2 e|
e2 f/e/|d2 c/B/|d2 c/B/|A2 {ad}e|{ad}e2 f/e/|d2 c/B/|c A2-|A2:|

Five comments

Re: The Lyke Wake Dirge

Has there ever been a more depressing tune title!

Re: The Lyke Wake Dirge

The Lyke Wake is a 36 mile or so walk between a long defunct monastery and the cliff ,somewhere near a bloody big transmitter whose name I can’t remember, in Yorkshire. Apparently the monks would haul their dead along this path over night with the intent to reach the cliffs and bung them off before the sunset the next day and the devil got their souls. I did it once, it was a right bugger. There probably isn’t a tune depressing enough for the misery of that hike!

Re: The Lyke Wake Dirge

I think it’s a song Jeff Buckley recorded (in the setting by B. Britten who set lots of folk songs). He certainly sings it in a most mournful way; it is a beautiful tune.

Re: The Lyke Wake Dirge

I’m sorry, above isn’t right. "Grace" Jeff Buckley’s recording has "Corpus Christi Carol" (Britten setting) not Lyke Wake Dirge.