The Peacock barndance

Also known as Cleite Na Péacóige, Cork March, The Cork March, The March Of The Peacock, The Parting Glass, The Peacock March, The Peacock’s March, Peacocks March.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Peacock has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Peacock has been added to 34 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Peacock
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: B>A |G2 E2 E2 DE | GA/G/ FG A2 GA | B2 B>c BA GA | B2 D2 D2 BA |
G3 E EF/E/ DE | G2 G2 A2 GA | B3 e dB AB | G2 E2 E2 :|
|: Bc |d3 e dc c/B/A/G/ | B2 e2 e2 g/f/e | de/d/ de dc B>A | B3 E D2 BA |
G2 E2 EG D/E/F | GA/G/ FG AB/A/ GA | B3 e dB AF | G2 E2 E2 :|
X: 2
T: The Peacock
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: B>A |G2 E2 E2 DE | G2 G2 A2 GA | B3 c dc BA | G2 E2 D2 BA |
G2 E2 E2 D>E | G2 G2 A2 GA | B2 e2 dc BA | G2 E2 E2 :|
|: B>c |d3 e dc BA | B2 e2 e2 fg | d3 e dc BA | G2 E2 D2 BA |
G2 E2 E2 D>E | G2 G2 A2 GA | B2 e2 dc BA | G2 E2 E2 :|
X: 3
T: The Peacock
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BA |G2 E2 E2 DE | G2 G2 A2 GA | B2 B2 BA GA | B2 D2 D2 BA |
B2 E2 E2 DE | G2 G2 A2 GA | B2 e2 dB GB | G2 E2 E2 B2 |
dB de d2 B2 | dB de d2 B2 | c2 B2 BA GA | B2 D2 D2 BA |
G2 E2 E2 DE | G2 G2 A2 GA | B2 e2 dB AB | G2 E2 E2 |]
X: 4
T: The Peacock
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 GF E2 EF | G2 GB A2 GA | B2 B2 BAGA | B2 D2 D2 BA |
G2 GF E2 EF | G2 GB A2 GA | B2 e2 dB AB | G2 E2 E2 Bc |
d2 de d2 Bd | edBc d2 ed | c2 B2 A2 GA | B2 D2 D2 BA |
G2 GF E2 EF | G2 GB A2 GA | B2 e2 dB AB | G2 E2 E4 ||

Twelve comments

“The Peacock March” ~ history first

O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion, vol. IV, 1810

M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: March
K: e minor
|: B>A |
G2 E2 E2 DE | G2 G2 A2 GA | B3 c dc BA | G2 E2 D2 BA |
G2 E2 E2 D>E | G2 G2 A2 GA | B2 e2 dc BA | G2 E2 E2 :|
|: B>c |
d3 e dc BA | B2 e2 e2 fg | d3 e dc BA | G2 E2 D2 BA |
G2 E2 E2 D>E | G2 G2 A2 GA | B2 e2 dc BA | G2 E2 E2 :|

Also known as “The Peacock’s Feather” or “The Peacock Feather”

I wasn’t going to put that in the alternate names list as all hell would break loose… :-/

“The Parting Glass” ~ the song of it

K: e minor
BA |
G2 E2 E2 DE | G2 G2 A2 GA | B2 B2 BA GA | B2 D2 D2 BA |
B2 E2 E2 DE | G2 G2 A2 GA | B2 e2 dB GB | G2 E2 E2 B2 |
dB de d2 B2 | dB de d2 B2 | c2 B2 BA GA | B2 D2 D2 BA |
G2 E2 E2 DE | G2 G2 A2 GA | B2 e2 dB AB | G2 E2 E2 ||

Of all the money e’er I had,
I spent it in good company;
And all the harm I’ve ever done,
alas was done to none but me;
And all I’ve done for want of wit,
to memory now I can’t recall,
So raise with me the parting glass,
goodnight and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend
and leisure time to sit awhile,
There is a fair maid in this town
who sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips,
I own she has my heart enthralled,
So raise with me the parting glass,
goodnight and joy be with you all.

Of all the comrades e’er I had,
they’re sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts e’er I had,
they wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot
that I should go and you should not,
I’ll gently rise and softly call,
goodnight and joy be with you all.


The line "So raise with me the parting glass", can also be sung as ‘lift with me’ and ‘fill to me’ and I have also heard is sung as ‘share with me’… I don’t know if it is sun as often in Eire now, but it was one of the mainstays for closing a night and the parting of company… Some folks took liberties with the words, but that is the nature of the tradition… :-)

~ goodnight and joy be with you all…

The peacock’s father was presumably another peacock, hence the alternate title.

& what about the poor pea hen?

Now, if you had a hankerin’ for pheasant this Christmas, but you were expecting more than the usual few for din-dins, wouldn’t this be a considered alternative? ~ and you could use that lovely plumage for decoration too… ;-)

"what about the poor pea hen?"

The peacock followed the hen.

But should we assume that the ‘hen’ that the peacock followed was the peahen? Or should we assume that, for the incident to have been worthy of having a tune written about it, there must have been something unusual about it, and that the ‘hen’ was a *hen* - like what lays the eggs you make omelettes out of?

Anyway, that’s anothe tune..

Parting glass

Ron Shuttleworth told me onetime that the tune was originally Danish … but not how far back

The Cork march

Heard this one on Na Fili 3 under "The Cork march" ‘s name played like this :

X:1
T:Cork March (Na Fili 3)
M:4/4
R:March
K:G
G2 GF E2 EF | G2 GB A2 GA | B2 B2 BAGA | B2 D2 D2 BA |
G2 GF E2 EF | G2 GB A2 GA | B2 e2 dB AB | G2 E2 E2 Bc |
d2 de d2 Bd | edBc d2 ed | c2 B2 A2 GA | B2 D2 D2 BA |
G2 GF E2 EF | G2 GB A2 GA | B2 e2 dB AB | G2 E2 E4 ||