Goodnight And Joy Be With You reel

Also known as Good Night All Round, Good Night And God Be With You, Good Night And God Be With You All, Good Night And Joy Be With Ye A’, Good Night And Joy Be With You All, Goodnight And Joy Be Wi’ Ye, The Parting Glass.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Goodnight And Joy Be With You has been added to 5 tune sets.

Goodnight And Joy Be With You has been added to 38 tunebooks.

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T: Goodnight And Joy Be With You
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
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Five comments

Goodnight And Joy Be With You

This tune is on the album “Mouthorgan” by Will Atkinson, whose details I submitted to the Recordings section recently.

I don’t know if has other names, or been already entered here under one of them. As a tune, it seems to belong with Scottish reels like The East Neuk Of Fife or The Lea Riggs.

Great tune

I found this tune years ago in the Second Ceilidh Collection for Fiddlers printed by Taigh na Teud of Inverness in 1990. That version has a few more notes added which, in my opinion, give the tune more lift - in the style of The Holy Ground and others - (more like a fling?). I’ve been told the tune has words to it; and, of course, it can also be found on JC’s in the key of D. The Parting Glass is another name - not to be confused with the popular air by that name.
Thank you for introducing it here.

Goodnight And Joy Be Wi‘ Ye A’

The words referred to above were from a song written by Sir Alexander Boswell called “The Old Chieftain To His Sons” and published in a pamphlet in 1803. The tune has been said to have “…time out of mind, been played at the breaking up of convivial parties in Scotland.” (Stenhouse).

Sir Walter Scott published a couple of verses from a song called “Armstrong’s Goodnight”, supposed to have been composed by a 16th century murderer, although what connection there may be to the later song can only be conjecture.

This night is my departing night,
For here nae longer must I stay;
There’s neither friend nor foe o’ mine
But wishes me away.

What I have done thro’ lack of wit,
I never, never can recall;
I hope ye’re a’ my friends as yet,
Goodnight, and joy be wi’ ye all!"

Goodnight And Joy Be Wi‘ Ye A’

The Old Chieftain To His Sons
(Sir Alexander Boswell, Bart, Edinburgh, 1803)

Goodnight and joy be wi‘ ye a’,
Your harmless mirth has cheer’d my heart;
May life’s fell blasts out-o’er ye blaw!
In sorrows may ye never part!
My spirit lives, but strength is gone,
The mountain fires now blaze in vain:
Remember, sons, the deeds I’ve done,And in your deeds I’ll live again!

When on yon muir our gallant clan
Frae boasting foes their banners tore,
Who show’d himsel’ a better man,
Or fiercer wav’d the red claymore?
But when in peace - then mark me there,
When thro’ the glen the wanderer came,
I gave him of our hardy fare,
I gave him here a welcome hame.

The auld will speak, the young maun hear,
Be canty, but be good and leal;
Your ain ills ay ha’e heart to bear,
Anither’s ay ha’e heart to feel;
So, ere I set, I’ll see you shine,
I’ll see you triumph ere I fa’
My parting breath shall boast you mine,
Goodnight and joy be wi‘ ye a’.


This is an absolutely stonking tune.