The Lilies In The Field reel

Also known as Come To Your Tay, The Lilies Of The Field, Lillies In The Field, The Lillies In The Field, Lillies Of The Field, P J Conlon’s, P.J. Conlon’s.

There are 20 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Tap Room (a few times) and The Moving Bog (a few times).

The Lilies In The Field has been added to 16 tune sets.

The Lilies In The Field has been added to 154 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Lilies In The Field
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: d2 dc A2 AB | cBcd e2 dc | Addc A2 Bd | cAGE ED D2 :|
| d2 fd Adfd | cdef gece | d2 fd Adfd | eaag edcA
| d2 fd Adfd | cdef g2 fg | afge d2 cd | eaag edcA |
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X: 2
T: The Lilies In The Field
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Addc A2AB | cBcd edcd | Addc A2AB | BAGE EDD2 :|
d2fd Adfd | cdef gece | d2fd Adfd | ceag eddc | d2fd Adfd |
cdef g2fg | af~f2 geed | eaag eddc ||
Addc A2AB | cBcd ecdc | Addc A2AB | BAGE EDD2 :|
d2fd Adfd | cdef gece | d2fd Adfd | ceag eddc | d2fd Adfd |
cdef g2fg | afge fdcd | eaag eddc ||
X: 3
T: The Lilies In The Field
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Addc A2AB|BAcd efdB|AFdB A2Bd|cAGE FDD2|
Addc A2AB|BAcd efdB|AFDB A2Bd|cAGE FDD2||
d2fd Adfd|B/c/d ef gece|d2fd Adfd|eaag fdd2|
dgfd Adfd|B/c/d ef g2fg|afge d2cd|eaag fdd2||
X: 4
T: The Lilies In The Field
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Addc A3B | c3d eddc | Addc A2B/c/d | cAGE EDD2 |
Addc ~A3B | cAB/c/d eddc | Addc A2B/c/d | cAGE EDD2 ||
d2fd Adfd |cdef g2fe | d2fd Adfd | eaag edd2 |
d2fd Adfd |B/c/d ef g2fg|afge d2B/c/d|eaag eddc|
X: 5
T: The Lilies In The Field
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Addc A2 AB|~c3d efdB|Addc AFBd|cAGE FDDB|
Addc A2 AB|~c3d efdB|AFdB AFBd|cAGE FDFA||
d2 fd Adfd|B/c/d ef gafe|defd Adfd|ceag fdec|
dafd Adfd|B/c/d ef (3gag fg|af g/f/e fdcd|eaag fedB||
# Added .
X: 6
T: The Lilies In The Field
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Addc A3B | c3d eddc | Addc A2 (3Bcd | cAGE EDD2 |
Addc A3B | cA (3Bcd eddc | Addc A2 (3Bcd | cAGE EDD2 :||
|:d2fd Adfd |cdef g2fe | d2fd Adfd | eaag edd2 |
d2fd Adfd |(3Bcd ef g2fg|afge d2 (3Bcd|eaag eddc:||
# Added by JACKB .

Fifteen comments

Lilies In The Field

This is largely down to Harry Bradley, who recently recorded it. I’ll comment later.

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The Belfast flute player, Michael Clarkson has the following version on his CD ‘The Far Set’:

M:4/4
K:D
Addc A2AB | cBcd edcd | Addc A2AB | BAGE EDD2 :|
d2fd Adfd | cdef gece | d2fd Adfd | ceag eddc | d2fd Adfd |
cdef g2fg | af~f2 geed | eaag eddc ||


For what it’s worth, I play it something like this:

M:4/4
K:D
Addc A2AB | cBcd ecdc | Addc A2AB | BAGE EDD2 :|
d2fd Adfd | cdef gece | d2fd Adfd | ceag eddc | d2fd Adfd |
cdef g2fg | afge fdcd | eaag eddc ||

The Lilies In The Field - as played by Harry Bradley

T:Lilies In The Field, The
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Harry Bradley
R:reel
Z:g.m.p
K:D
Addc A2AB|BAcd efdB|AFdB A2Bd|cAGE FDD2|
Addc A2AB|BAcd efdB|AFDB A2Bd|cAGE FDD2||
d2fd Adfd|B/c/d ef gece|d2fd Adfd|eaag fdd2|
dgfd Adfd|B/c/d ef g2fg|afge d2cd|eaag fdd2||

Lilies In The Field

At a session in Miltown Malbay 2 years ago, Harry Bradley, along with a box-player and fiddle player, nearly lifted the roof off the pub playing this tune, at what I think was probably the best session I’ve ever heard. It turned out later when I got the name of the tune that it’d been lurking in the collection for a few years on the CD by Noel Hill & Tony McMahon, with Iarla O’Leonard. A perfect example of how one musician ( in this case, 3, ) can make you look at a tune again in a new light. Seems to be a favourite with flute-players, as Paul McGrattan has it on his latest recording, as well as Harry and Michael Clarkson.

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Lilies In The Field - Bobby Gardiner

Bobby Gardiner plays it on "The Master’s Choice"

The Lilies In The Field, as played by Paul Mcgrattan

T:Lilies In The Field, The
M:4/4
L:1/8
C:Paul McGrattan - Keelwest
R:reel
K:D
Addc A3B | c3d eddc | Addc A2B/c/d | cAGE EDD2 |
Addc ~A3B | cAB/c/d eddc | Addc A2B/c/d | cAGE EDD2 ||
d2fd Adfd |cdef g2fe | d2fd Adfd | eaag edd2 |
d2fd Adfd |B/c/d ef g2fg|afge d2B/c/d|eaag eddc|

Michael O Raghaillaigh - Inside Out

He calls it "Kitty in the Lane" on that album but it seems to be a different tune.

Blame Paddy O’Brien

The source of this tune was a 78 rpm recording by the melodeon player P.J. Conlon. It was revived by Paul Brock and Frankie Gavin on their recording "Homage to Joe Cooley," on which they called it "The Lillies of the Field," a title supplied (and invented) by accordion great Paddy O’Brien of Offaly and Minnesota.

Lillies in the Field

A fiddle oriented setting:

X: 1
T: Lillies in the Field, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: D
Addc A2 AB|~c3d efdB|Addc AFBd|cAGE FDDB|
Addc A2 AB|~c3d efdB|AFdB AFBd|cAGE FDFA||
d2 fd Adfd|B/c/d ef gafe|defd Adfd|ceag fdec|
dafd Adfd|B/c/d ef (3gag fg|af g/f/e fdcd|eaag fedB||

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An older source

This is basically the same tune that appears under the title ‘Sailor’s Jacket’ in the O’Neill collections, and under the title ‘Come to Your Tay’ in the earlier Ryan’s Mammoth Collection tunebook.

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Kitty in the Lane is a different tune so they have it wrong.

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