The Wearing of the Green
This ‘Fifing’ version is tune No. 51 in Gary Hasting’s book ‘with Fife and Drum’.
Interestingly, I see Seamus Tansey, that noted gentleman of letters(🙂), has it three times on his recording: https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/387
Does anyone here have that?
If one of them is this version of the tune, what are the other two versions?
"The Wearing of the Green"
This is also played as a march with more varied rhythmic treatment, and also played without the repeats here, AB instead of AABB:
FF FF/E/ FA- AF | FE E>F E3 A | B*G dd/c/ BA F>D | ED D>D D3 D/E/ |
F2 F>E FA AA/F/ | FE- EF E3 A | BG d>c BA FD | ED- DE D3 ||
BA AF AF DE | F2 F/G/F/E/ F3 d/c/ |BA A/B/A/F/ AF D>E | FE- EF EF/E/ B/C/D/E/ |
Fz/F/ F/F/E F*A A>F | FE EF E3 A | BG dc B>A FD | ED DE D2 ||
GA | B>B BA Bd dB | BA A>B A3 ~
A/B/ | c>d cB ce- ec | cB- Bc B2 ~
Oh PAddy dear and did you hear the news that’s going round
The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground
St. Patrick’s Day no more to keep his color can’t be seen
For there’s a bloody law agin the wearin of the green
I met with NApper Tandy and he took me by the hand
And he said "how’s poor old Ireland and how does she stand?"
She’s the most distressful country, that ever you have seen
They’re hangin men and women there for wearin of the green
I know there are more verses…
Although this is not a popular place for harmony, the following chord progression seems to work well:
G D G-A7-D
The Wearing Of The Green, X:3
This is how we play it at Irish Music Class, Lake School Of Celtic Music, Song & Dance. In Previous years, we would play a set: The Dawning Of The Day/The Wearing Of The Green/Roddy McCorley.