When The Cock Crows It Is Day jig

Also known as An Coileach Ag Fogairt An Lae, An Coilleach, The Cock Crows In The Morning, Ta An Coileach Ag Fogairt An Lae, Ta An Coilleach Ag Fogairt An Lae, When The Cock Crows, It Is Day.

There are 24 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Sixpenny Money (lots of times), Out With The Boys (a few times), The Connaughtman’s Rambles (a few times) and Jackson’s (a few times).

When The Cock Crows It Is Day has been added to 14 tune sets.

When The Cock Crows It Is Day has been added to 159 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: When The Cock Crows It Is Day
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|GAB AGE|{e}c2 B c2 D|GAB AGE|{B}A2 G A2 D|
GAB AGE|c2 d (3efg e|dBG AGE|1 G3 G2:|2 G3 GBd||
g2 e dBG|c4 z d|(3efg e dBG|A3 ABd|
g2 e dBG|c2 d (3efg e|dBG AGE|1 G3 GBd:|2G3 G2D|
# Added by kiwi .
X: 2
T: When The Cock Crows It Is Day
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|GAB BAG|d3 d2B|GAB BAG|A3 ABA|
GAB BAG|c2d ege|dBG AGE|G3 G2:|
d|gdd gdd|c3 c2d|gdd gdB|A3 ABd|
gdd gdB|c2d ege|dBG AGE|G3 G2:|
X: 3
T: When The Cock Crows It Is Day
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
_gbd' ||g'd'b g'd'b|c._cbd'|g'db g'db|a._ etc ||
X: 4
T: When The Cock Crows It Is Day
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:GAB AGE|c2 B c2 D|GAB AGE|A2 G A2 D|
GAB AGE|c2 d e/f/ge|dBG AGE|1 G3 G2:|2 G3 GBd||
|:g2 e dBG|c3 c2d |e/f/ge dBG|A3 ABd|
g2 e dBG|c2 d e/f/ge|dBG AGE|1 G3 GBd:|2G3 G2D||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: When The Cock Crows It Is Day
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:GBB BAG|ded dBA|G3 BAG|A3 A2D|
G3 BAG|d3 e/f/ge|dBG ABA|1 G3 G2:|2 G3 GB/c/d||
|:gdd gdd|c3 c2d |gdd gdB|A3 AB/c/d|
(g3 g)dB|c2 d e/f/ge|dBG ABA|1 G3 GB/c/d:|2G3 G2D||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: When The Cock Crows It Is Day
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA |:G3 BAG | B3 B2 A | G2 B BAG | A^GA ABA |
G2 B BAG | dcd efg | dBG ABA |[1 G2 E D2 E :|[2 G3 G2 ||
|: d |gdd gdd | cBc cdc | gdd gdB | ABA ABd |
gag gdB | c2 d efg | dBG ABA |[1 G3 G2 :|[2 G2 E D2 E |]
X: 7
T: When The Cock Crows It Is Day
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A |c3 cBA | c3 c2 B | A2 c cBA | B3 BcB |
A3 cBA | e3 f3 | ecA BcB | A2 F E2 F |
A2 c cBA | cdc c2 B | A2 c cBA | BAB BcB |
A3 cBA | e3 fef | ecA BcB | A3 A2 ||
|: e |aee aee | d3 ded | aee aec | BcB Bce |
aba aec | d2 e f2 a | ecA BcB |[1 A3 A2 :|[2 A2 F E2 F |]

Fifteen comments

The Tune

ANother great tune from the Mulcahy Family album. An interesting jig with some lovely long notes in it. Possibly originlally a piping tune? I’m no expert so wouldn,t know but its a great tune to play ina great set.

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Seamus Ennis played this one.

It is a great little piping tune, Seamus Ennis played this one on his 40yrs of Irish piping album. He also mentions it in his piping tutor.
I’ve heard it sung (In Irish) by Sean Cannon on one of the Dubliners albums.

The cocks crow is day.

Apparently, a version of this fine tune can be found in one of O’Farrels publications.

When the Cock Crows, It Is Day

Here’s the version I picked up from a piper in a session:

K: Gmaj
D|GAB BAG|d3 d2B|GAB BAG|A3 ABA|
GAB BAG|c2d ege|dBG AGE|G3 G2:|
d|gdd gdd|c3 c2d|gdd gdB|A3 ABd|
gdd gdB|c2d ege|dBG AGE|G3 G2:|

The one posted above is actually WIllie Clancy’s version of it, htere’s a recording of Willie first playing the tune as an air, followed buy the jig. Also on the Aengus lp but there played by Jackie Small.

Seamus Ennis’ version of it, as Slainte gives it, would be the more common one.

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“Skipper’s Jig” / “Ta an coileach Ag Fogairt an Lae” ~ another air apparent?

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on June 7th 2007 by Maryland-Highlander.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7324

Very distinct, but you can just hear the words going to either melody… :-/

Chieftians

Also did this one on ‘A Tribute To Derek Bell’, which I find sounds awesome on those D small pipes.

Lyrics

I might not be any good at ABC, but I have my uses
each verse is sung once for the A part, then higher for the B part. Really a pretty fun song:

Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae
Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae
Tá an mhuc ag an doras
ag iarraidh é a oscailt
Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae

Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae
Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae
Tá an chearc is a hál
ina gcodladh go sámh
Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae

Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae
Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae
Tá an chaora is na huain
ina dtoirchim suain
Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae

Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae
Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae
Tá na mná ina suí
Is na fir ag éirí
Tá an coileach ag fógairt an lae

Coc-a-diú-dil-diú.

Unfortunately I’ve heard this one 1/2 a million times -and it was irritating only after the 3rd time! Funnily enough now I’m beginning to like it again, in a kind of tongue-in-chick way.
Can you hear the clucking in the second part? (very effective on the pipes if you pop those notes)

actually, the poping works better in this here version of the second part:
_gbd’ ||g’d’b g’d’b|c._cbd’|g’db g’db|a._ etc ||
if you know what I mean (sorry this is not proper ABC, I have yet to learn it)

Slide?

On their album, Edel Fox and Ronan O’Flaherty pair this with the well-known slide Patsy Geary’s and list both as "slides." However they clearly do not play them as slides, but as double jigs. I’ve tried to play this as a slide should be played but it just doesn’t work. I wasn’t surprised then to find it listed as a jig on here and that all other recordings, such as Seamus Ennis’, pair it with other jigs. But I would be surprised if Edel and Ronan would call it a slide if there was no precedent - has anyone heard a slide variation of this tune?

Wait for It

Yeah, that’s it, at the beginning of a medley, but anyone unfamiliar with the tune might think that Taoir Dom Do Lamh (or however it’s spelled, I’m not Irish-literate) on flute at the beginning might be it.

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Poor Translation of the Title

The usual translations of the title of this tune are poor. Tá an Coileach ag Fógairt an Lae has a very simple and direct translation: The Cock is Announcing the Day.

The lyrics given above by Dubhghaill can be translated as follows, a mixture of the nonsensical and a charming early morning rural word picture:

The Cock is Announcing the Day
The Cock is Announcing the Day
The Pig’s at the Door
Trying to Force its Way In
The Cock is Announcing the Day

The Cock is Announcing the Day
The Cock is Announcing the Day
The Hen and Her Brood
Are Peacefully Asleep
The Cock is Announcing the Day

The Cock is Announcing the Day
The Cock is Announcing the Day
The sheep and Her Lamb
Are in a Deep Sleep
The Cock is Announcing the Day

The Cock is Announcing the Day
The Cock is Announcing the Day
The Women are Up
The Men are Arising
The Cock is Announcing the Day