The Girl Who Broke My Heart reel

Also known as The Girl That Broke My Heart.

There are 60 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Drunken Tinker (a few times), Paddy Ryan’s Dream (a few times), Seán Sa Cheo (a few times), The Boys Of Belfast (a few times) and The Fermoy Lasses (a few times).

The Girl Who Broke My Heart has been added to 11 tune sets.

The Girl Who Broke My Heart has been added to 277 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Girl Who Broke My Heart
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
(dc) | BGFD EC~C2 | DG{A}G^F GABc | defd cAGF | DE{G}FE F2 (dc) |
BGFD EC~C2 | DG{A}G^F GABc | defd cAGF | DG{A}G^F G2 ||
D^F | G2 (Bd) gdBG | F2 (Ac) fcAF | G2 (BG) gdBd | "tr"cBcd cAFA |
G2 (Bd) gdBG | F2 (Ac) fcdB | GABd cAGF | DG{A}G^F G2 ||
X: 2
T: The Girl Who Broke My Heart
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
ABAG FD[CD]F | DG{A}GF GABc | defd cAGF | DF{G}FE FAdc|
ABAG FD[CD]F | DG{A}GF GABc | defd cAGF | D2G2 [G,4G4] |
ABAG FD[C2D2] | D~G3 GABc | defd cAGF | DF{G}FE FAdc|
(3AcdAG FD[CD]F | DG{A}GF GABc | defd cAGF | DG{A}GF GDE^F|
|:G2Bd gdBG | (3FFFAc fcAF | FGBd gdBd|~c2 Bd cAFA |
~G2 Bd gdBG | EFAc fcAF | GABd cAGF |1 DG{A}GF GDE^F:|2DG{A}GF GAdc|
X: 3
T: The Girl Who Broke My Heart
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ed|:cAGE FD~D2|EAAG ABcd|efge dcAG|EGGF G2ed|
cAGE FD~D2|EAAG ABcd|efge dcAG|1 EAAG A2ed:|2 EAAG AEFG||
|:A2ce aecA|G2Bd gdBG|A2ce gdce|dcde dBGB|
A2ce aecA|G2Bd gdBG|ABce dcAG|1 EAAG AEFG:|2 EAAG A2||
K:Amix
ed|cA ~A2 FEDF|EAA^G ABcd|efge dcAG|EGGF G2 ed|
~c2 BA FD ~D2|EAA^G ABcd|efge dcAG|1EAA^G A:|
A2 ce aecA|G2 Bd gdBG|A2 ce aece|dcde dB^GB|
A2 ce aecA|G2 BD gdBG|ABce dcAG|EAA^G A4:|
X: 4
T: The Girl Who Broke My Heart
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:ed|cAGA E~D3 |EAAG ABcd|efge dBAG|1,3 EGGF G2:|2,4 EAAG A2 |]
|:zE|A2ce aecA|G2Bd gdBG|A2ce aece|dcde dBGB|
A2ce aecA|G2Bd gdBG|ABce dBAG|EAAG A2:|
X: 5
T: The Girl Who Broke My Heart
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:ed|cAGA ED3 |EAAG ABcd|efge dBAG| EAAG A2 ed|
cAGA ED3 |EAAG ABcd|efge dBAG|EAAG A2 ||
|:E2|A2ce aecA|G2Bd gdBG|A2ce aece|dcAG EAAE|
A2ce aecA|G2Bd gdBG|ABce dBAG|EAAG A2:||
# Added by JACKB .

Sixteen comments

The Girl Who Broke My Heart

This is a good example of flubbed transcription from O’Neill’s 1850. They had the Key signature in G Minor which sounds nice but most of the time I’ve heard it played in D Dorian. I transcribed this striaght from O’Neill’s 1850 including all slurs & stuff, but changed the key signature. I think the B’s could be flatened occasionally as an ornament (a la Clare) but all instances of the e’s are natural anyway. So I went with D Dorian.
It’s a really nice tune & although flatish is not horribly impossible on the whistle or flute.

I think I originally heard this either from a M Coleman or H Gillespie 78. Can’t remember which & I’m pretty sure it went by a different name.

Looking at this tune from a distance - I’m almost positive that modern players have probably transposed this to A Dorian. Only having it from memory & O’Neill’s I can’t say - but that is *exactly the danger of learning tunes from the dots!*

You’re confusing me!
The key/mode you’ve written it in is G mixolydian (which, incidentally, is the key I know it in). By ‘A dorian’, do you actually mean ‘A dorian’, or Dmixolydian, perhaps.

On minor keys: If you listen to Kevin Burke’s recording of it on ‘If the Cap Fits’, he throws in some B-flats now and again to keep us on our toes. I wouldn’t say it’s a definite Gminor, but he certainly imparts a minor-ish feel to it.

Please excuse my pedantry. And count yourself lucky - I have to live with it 24-7.

Modes & Misunderstandings

I didn’t mean to confuse, when i submitted the tune I thought it was DDor but Jeremy corrected it to GMix (both have no sharps or flats) when I said they probably play it in Ador I meant it’s probably been shifted up a 5th with one sharp.

Listen to this recording

This reel appears on Swap’s album (the blue one). Karen Tweed plays it in Gmix on the accordion, and she makes it rock!

On a flute…

This works best in A Mix.

Definitely Dorian

Having puzzled over this tune for a long time I am convinced that part A should be in G dorian (one flat) and part B should in G mixolidian (no sharps or flats). Otherwise all O’Neill’s dots are great.

Miles Krassen also took exception to O’Neill’s G minor (aeolian) key signature and changed it to G major (one sharp). However, in “Fiddler’s Companion” his version is notated “G major – with a hint of minor (!)”. Win other words, an invitation to throw in the B flats, F naturals, F neutrals, and drive the accompanist crazy. (This of course being a fiddle viewpoint)

Compare this tune with one of the few other G minor reels in O’Neill’s 1850 - No. 1474 - “Fairhaired Mary” . This has a key signature of G aeolian but all the E’s are naturalized to make it come out in G dorian.

Kevin Burke’s version: GDor & GMix

Based on Kevin Burke’s version in Sweeney’s Dream, I call the A part GDor and the B part Gmix. Both parts resolve to G, and Kevin’s consistent use of Bflats in the A part and B naturals in the B part make it pretty clear to me. Trust me, I’m a lawyer. I can’t speak for other versions of the tune though.

X:1
T: The Girl That Broke My Heart
S:based on Kevin Burke’s’ version from ‘Sweeney’s Dream’. Transcribed by Mark MacDiarmid.
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: GDor
ABAG FD[CD]F | DG{A}GF GABc | defd cAGF | DF{G}FE FAdc|
ABAG FD[CD]F | DG{A}GF GABc | defd cAGF | D2G2 [G,4G4] |
ABAG FD[C2D2] | D~G3 GABc | defd cAGF | DF{G}FE FAdc|
(3AcdAG FD[CD]F | DG{A}GF GABc | defd cAGF | DG{A}GF GDE^F|
K:Gmix
|:G2Bd gdBG | (3FFFAc fcAF | FGBd gdBd|~c2 Bd cAFA |
~G2 Bd gdBG | EFAc fcAF | GABd cAGF |1 DG{A}GF GDE^F:|2DG{A}GF GAdc|

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I am not familiar with this tune, however, the B part of the tune sounds exactly like the French-Canadian tune "Growling Old Man and Cackling Old Woman," as I originally learned to play. I believe that there is another version of Growling… with a variation of the B part that has been recorded elsewhere.

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For flute/whistle, try this…

X:1
T:Girl Who Broke My Heart, The
R:reel
K:Ador
ed|:cAGE FD~D2|EAAG ABcd|efge dcAG|EGGF G2ed|
cAGE FD~D2|EAAG ABcd|efge dcAG|1 EAAG A2ed:|2 EAAG AEFG||
|:A2ce aecA|G2Bd gdBG|A2ce gdce|dcde dBGB|
A2ce aecA|G2Bd gdBG|ABce dcAG|1 EAAG AEFG:|2 EAAG A2||

or

X:1
T:The girl who broke my heart
N:usually played in G (with a hint of minor)
R:reel
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Amix
ed|cA ~A2 FEDF|EAA^G ABcd|efge dcAG|EGGF G2 ed|
~c2 BA FD ~D2|EAA^G ABcd|efge dcAG|1EAA^G A:|
2 EAA^G AEGB||
A2 ce aecA|G2 Bd gdBG|A2 ce aece|dcde dB^GB|
A2 ce aecA|G2 BD gdBG|ABce dcAG|EAA^G A4:|

… ie. if you play something like the first version on a C whistle/pipes/concertina (e.g. as Kitty Hayes does on ‘They’ll Be Good Yet’) you’re in the right key.

Tune to follow on from “Girl that broke my heart”

Its a lovely tune, I prefer to play it a wee bit more slowly than others do at my session….any suggestions for a follow on tune to make a nice set out of it?

Re: Tune to follow on from “Girl that broke my heart”

Try The Youngest Daughter (O´Neill 1001).

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Re: Tune to follow on from “Girl that broke my heart”

And: Bobby Casey´s (=The Porthole of the Kelp)

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