Shalom barndance

Also known as Shalom Aleichem, Shalom Aliechem.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Shalom has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Shalom
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:E2 cB A4|^GA BA ^GF E2|^G2 ^G2 A^G Ac|B4 e4|
E2 cB A4|^GA BA ^GF E2|D2 F2 E2 F/E/F/D/|E4 E4:|
|:cd e2 e2 e2|dc Bc df ed|cB AB ce dc|B4 B4|
B2 d2 d2 d2|df ed cB AE|1 cB A2 BA ^G2|A4 A4:|2 c2 BA B2 A^G|A4 A4||
X: 2
T: Shalom
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:F2 dc B4|^AB cB ^AG F2|^A2 ^A2 B^A Bd|c4 f4|
F2 dc B4|^AB cB ^AG F2|E2 G2 F2 G/F/G/E/|F4 F4:|
|:de f2 f2 f2|ed cd eg fe|dc Bc df ed|c4 c4|
c2 e2 e2 e2|eg fe dc BF|1 dc B2 cB ^A2|B4 B4:|2 d2 cB c2 B^A|B4 B4||

Sixteen comments


I know it’s not Irish but I heard it on a Tony McManus CD and thought it was a beautiful air. Sounds great on the pipes.

Shalom Aleichem

This is a very well-known Jewish song, sung on Friday nights after coming home from synagogue, before eating dinner. It is said that on Friday night, one is escorted home by two angels, and this song is sung to welcome them into your home.

It is a very beautiful song with four verses. I would never have imagined it being played as an air on the pipes, though.
I’m intruiged…

Piper may prefer this mode

|: F2 dc B4 | ^AB cB ^AG F2 | ^A2 ^A2 B^A Bd | c4 f4 |
F2 dc B4 | ^AB cB ^AG F2 | E2 G2 F2 G/F/G/E/ | F4 F4 :|
|: de f2 f2 f2 | ed cd eg fe | dc Bc df ed | c4 c4 |
c2 e2 e2 e2 | eg fe dc BF |1 dc B2 cB ^A2 | B4 B4 :|2 d2 cB c2 B^A | B4 B4 ||

Nice way to open it up SP, appreciated as always…

I know another song “Shalom Aleichem”, maybe the same lyrics. Are there many melodies to the same ‘prayer’ ? Do you have a link to a traditional jewish version?

It often (nearly always, in fact) happens with Jewish songs that there are many different melodies sung by different people to the same song. In fact, come to think of it, I don’t think I know a single song which only has the one tune. So it it very likely that you know a different version, although this is the only version I know.

Here is a link with the words:

Actually, I just had a look at the link myself and realized that the audio file it has of S.A. is sung to a tune I didn’t know.
So there you go.

I like the tune in the key I posted it in which I think is A melodic Minor, which many Jewish tunes are wrtten in. Not that I’m an authority, just the few tunes I’ve heard seem to be in this key which is easy to play on the pipes. I have written a slow reel in this key as I like the melancholy sound of this key.

Not that I’m an authority either but it’s A harmonic minor, not melodic, which would have an F#.

“I’m not an authority” ~ Jeez, get that, are you having a sudden rush of humility Dow?

Maybe it’s something to do with having to adapt to the too many changes in the weather over the last month or so?

Hey ‘c’ stop giving me a hard time!

It’s only cause we ‘love’ you… Damn, back up a bit, the glare is making me wince… 😎

Never too sure about melodic or harmonic, but I like this key.


I wish to corecct swisspiper, It is a folk song rather than a prayer. (it is sung by Israelis many times when thier flight lands. in addition to clapping for the pilot).
since Jews are so widespred (there are even some who lived in cina for centuries), it it is very common for one folksong to have a diffrent melody in the mouthes of austrian jews than in the mouthes of yemenite jews. it’s like Nil na la an irish drinking song that has a better known vesion (the nothern one) and a less known version (the munster version).

p.s.- there is also a small jewish comunity in county Dublin.
one of the members of that comunity (Haim Herzog) became the president of Israel 20 years ago.

And another thing

it is slow song and if you would like, I could post the words.