Life Is But A Melancholy Flower reel

Also known as Frère Jacques.

Life Is But A Melancholy Flower has been added to 1 tune set.

Life Is But A Melancholy Flower has been added to 2 tunebooks.

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Two settings

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X: 1
T: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 B2 c2 A2 | A2 B2 c2 A2 | c2 d2 e4 | c2 d2 e4 |
e2 f2 e2 d2 | c2 HA2 e2 f2 | e2 d2 c2 A2 |
A2 E2 A4 | A2 E2 A4 |]
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X: 2
T: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 B2 c2 A2 | A2 B2 c2 A2 | c2 d2 e4 | c2 d2 e4 |
efed c2A2 | efed c2A2 | A2 E2 A4 | A2 E2 A4 |]

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Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

This a song - English I think - with entertaining punning words.

Life is butter
Life is butter
Melancholy flower
Melancholy flower
Life is but a melon
Life is but a melon
Cauliflower
Cauliflower

My family used to sing this about 50 years ago and it’s nice for anyone enjoying their food. Don’t know if it is known much in Ireland?

Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

The melody sounds like Frère Jacques to me.

Of course, it could be used for any song.

Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

I have heard it sung to the ‘Frère Jacques’/’Brother John’ tune before. I have yet to hear it played in a session, though.

Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

I think you’ll have to wait a long time for that. 🙂

Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

I’ve got a session to go to tonight…

Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

A food lover so I (and my brother and 3 sisters) were keen on this one.

Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

"corrections"?

Oh, for a moment I though it might have been a "variant".
😛

Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

Irish lyrics

"Kerrygold Butter
Kerrygold Butter
Mullingar Flour
Mullingar Flour
Life is far too sober
Life is far too sober
After Hours
After Hours"

Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

Nice, J J

Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

NB X:2 is better.

Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

I am very surprised that this tune has not been removed.

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Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

Eddie Nuff : The song’s just a bit of fun and Johnny Jay’s Irish version is fab. I think a little IRRELEVANCE does no harm occasionally on any website (though this shldn’t be overdone).

Re: Life Is But A Melancholy Flower

Italian lyrics:
Fra Martino campanaro (Friar Martin, bellringer)
Dormi tu, dormi tu? (Are you sleeping, are you sleeping?)
Suona le campane, suona le campane! (Ring the bells, ring the bells!)
Ding Dong Dang! (Ding Dong Dang!)