The Lord Of The Dance jig

Also known as Simple Gifts, Simple Pleasures.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Lord Of The Dance has been added to 8 tune sets.

The Lord Of The Dance has been added to 148 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Lord Of The Dance
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:A,2A AGA|BAG A3|A,2A AGA|FAE DEF|
A,2A AGA|BAG A2E|c3 cBc|cdB GFE:|
|:e3 edc|dcB c2E|e3edc|Bcd cBA|
e3 edc|dcB c3|EAA AGA|BcA GFE:|
X: 2
T: The Lord Of The Dance
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2d dcd|edc d3|D2d dcd|BdA GAB|
|D2d dcd|edc d2A|f3 fef|fge cBA:|
|:a3 agf|gfe f2A|a3agf|efg fed|
|a3 agf|gfe f3|Add dcd|efd cBA:|
X: 3
T: The Lord Of The Dance
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:a4 f3e| fgfe d4|f2fg a2gf|e2A2 A4|
|d2dc dAFA| dAdf a2gf|e2ee egfe| d2dc d4:|
|:d4 B3A| BcBA G4|B2Bc d2cB|A2D2 D4|
|G2GF GDBD| GDGB d2cB|A2AA AcBA|1 G2GF G4:|2G2GF G3A||
[|d2dd f2ff |a2a2 f4|e2ee e3f|gfed c3A|
|d2dd f2ff |a2a2 f4|e2ee egfe| d2dc d4|]
[|d4 B3A| BcBA G4|B2Bc d2cB|A2D2 D4|
|G2GF GDBD| GDGB d2cB|A2AA AcBA|G2GG G4|]
X: 4
T: The Lord Of The Dance
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:E2GE A2B2|EEGE c2B2|DDED FDGD|ADGD FDEF|
|E2GE A2B2|EEGE c2B2|DDED FDGD|AGFD E4:|
|:B2eB fBgB|B2eB fBgB|A2dA eAfA|(3gfe fe edBA|
|B2eB fBgB|B2eB fBgB|A2dA eAfA|(3gfe dB e4:|
|:d4 B3A| BcBA G4|B2Bc d2cB|A2D2 D4|
|G2GF GDBD| GDGB d2cB|A2AA AcBA|1G2GG G4:|2G2GG G3D||
[|G2GG B2BB |d2d2 B4|A2AA A3B|cBAG F3D|
|G2GG B2BB |d2d2 B4|A2AA AcBA| G2GF G4|]
|:e4 c3B| cdcB A4|c2cd e2dc|B2E2 E4|
|A2AA A3B| cBcd e2dc|B2BB BdcB|1 A2A2 A4:|2A2e2 a4||

Five comments

The tune is composed by ronan hardiman.

Here is a version in D for the whistle players. If you play it on a low A Whistle it sounds in the original key of A major.

X:1
T:The Lord of the dance
C:(A Whistle)
M:6/8
R:Jig
K:D
|:D2d dcd|edc d3|D2d dcd|BdA GAB|
|D2d dcd|edc d2A|f3 fef|fge cBA:|
|:a3 agf|gfe f2A|a3agf|efg fed|
|a3 agf|gfe f3|Add dcd|efd cBA:|

The lord of the dance (part 2)

The second part is a kind of a polka:

X:1
T:lord of the dance 2
M:2/4
L:1/16
R:polka
K:D
|:a4 f3e| fgfe d4|f2fg a2gf|e2A2 A4|
|d2dc dAFA| dAdf a2gf|e2ee egfe| d2dc d4:|
K:G
|:d4 B3A| BcBA G4|B2Bc d2cB|A2D2 D4|
|G2GF GDBD| GDGB d2cB|A2AA AcBA|1 G2GF G4:|2G2GF G3A||
K:D
[|d2dd f2ff |a2a2 f4|e2ee e3f|gfed c3A|
|d2dd f2ff |a2a2 f4|e2ee egfe| d2dc d4|]
K:G
[|d4 B3A| BcBA G4|B2Bc d2cB|A2D2 D4|
|G2GF GDBD| GDGB d2cB|A2AA AcBA|G2GG G4|]

The lord of the dance (part 3)

The third part is still faster and goes something like this:

X:1
T:lord of the dance 3
M:2/4
L:1/16
R:polka
K:Eminor
|:E2GE A2B2|EEGE c2B2|DDED FDGD|ADGD FDEF|
|E2GE A2B2|EEGE c2B2|DDED FDGD|AGFD E4:|
K:Bminor
|:B2eB fBgB|B2eB fBgB|A2dA eAfA|(3gfe fe edBA|
|B2eB fBgB|B2eB fBgB|A2dA eAfA|(3gfe dB e4:|
K:G
|:d4 B3A| BcBA G4|B2Bc d2cB|A2D2 D4|
|G2GF GDBD| GDGB d2cB|A2AA AcBA|1G2GG G4:|2G2GG G3D||
K:G
[|G2GG B2BB |d2d2 B4|A2AA A3B|cBAG F3D|
|G2GG B2BB |d2d2 B4|A2AA AcBA| G2GF G4|]
K:A
|:e4 c3B| cdcB A4|c2cd e2dc|B2E2 E4|
|A2AA A3B| cBcd e2dc|B2BB BdcB|1 A2A2 A4:|2A2e2 a4||

Lord of the Dance?? NO

I feel that these tunes would be better submitted separately as Gan Ainms with indications where they were heard and asking for info. Although not misleading to those of us who are in the know this contribution as it stands could be misleading to the many people who visit this website and who are NOT in the know. "Lord of the Dance" is a specific song title which, as a tune, is also used for dances.
The actual "Lord of the Dance" tune does come into your 2nd & 3rd contributions but as part of the overall arrangement of melodies for the show sequence.

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Re: LotD NOT composed by Hardiman; please correct.

The attribution of this entry is misleading as Ronan Hardiman is not the composer of this piece."Lord of the Dance" is a hymn with words written by English songwriter Sydney Carter in 1963. According to Wikipedia Carter borrowed the tune from the American Shaker song "Simple Gifts". Many of us may remember it as a pop song from the 60s, decades before the above arrangement made famous by the show. It became a standard in singing books in schools around the world from the late 60s.
In some countries the first (Carter) version of Lord of the Dance will still be very much under copyright (from death plus 75 years in Australia!), and posting the Hardiman re-arrangement here may not be considered fair use, particularly as the discussion makes it obvious people have worked very hard to get the notation correct for sharing.