The Wearing Of The Green hornpipe

Also known as The Orange And The Green, The Rising Of The Moon, The Wearing Of The Green March.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Wearing Of The Green has been added to 6 tune sets.

The Wearing Of The Green has been added to 115 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Wearing Of The Green
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE|:FFFE FAAF|FEEF E3 A|BGdc BAFD|EDDE D2 DE|
FFFE FAAF|FEEF E3 A|BGdc BAFD|EDDE D2 dc|
BAAF AFDE|FFFE F2 dc|BAAF AFDE|FEEF E2 DE|
FFFE FAAF|FEEF E3 A|BGdc BAFD|2 EDDE D4|
X: 2
T: The Wearing Of The Green
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
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 ||

Five comments

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:

R: march
K: Dmaj
D>E |
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 ||
d/c/ |
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 ||

K: Gmaj
GA | B>B BA Bd dB | BA A>B A3 ~

K: Amaj
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…

Harmony

Although this is not a popular place for harmony, the following chord progression seems to work well:

verse:
D Em
G A
D Em
G A

chorus:
Em D
G D G-A7-D