I Ne’er Shall Wean Her jig

Also known as I Never Did Wean Her, I Shall Ne’er Wean Her, The Irish Girl, The Irish Lass, Mrs Sullivan’s, Mrs. O’Sullivan’s, Ne’er Shall Wean Her.

There are 19 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Calliope House (a few times) and Munster Buttermilk (a few times).

I Ne’er Shall Wean Her has been added to 7 tune sets.

I Ne'er Shall Wean Her has been added to 208 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

X: 1
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:G|EGG GED|EGG c2B|AcA AGA|cde ecd|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eaa e2d|cAA A2 :|
|:d|egg ged|egg g2d|eaa aga|baa a2g|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eaa e2d|cAA A2 :|
X: 2
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EGG GED | EGG c2 B | AcA AGA | cde e2 d |
cde g2 a | ged c2 d | e2 a edB | cAG A2 :|
e2 g ged | egg g2 d | e2 a aga | bag a2 g |
cc/d/e g2 a | ged c2 B | Aaa e2 d | cAG A2 :|
X: 3
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:GF|EGG GED|EGG c2B|BAA AGA|cde egd|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eag ged|cAA A :|
|:cd|egg ged|egg ged|eaa aga|bag a2d|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eag ged|cAA A :|
X: 4
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:GF|EGG GED|EGG c2B|BAA AGA|Acd d2B|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eag edB|cAA A :|
|:cd|egg ged|egg ged|eaa aga|bag a2d|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eag edB|cAA A :|
X: 5
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:G|EGG GED|EGG c2B|A3 AGA|cde e2d|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eaa e2d|cAA A2 :|
|:d|egg ged|egg g2d|eaa aga|baa a2g|
cde g2a|ged c2d|eaa e2d|cAA A2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:A|FAA AFE|FAA d2c|B3 BAB|def f2e|
def a2b|afe d2e|fbb f2e|dBB B2 :|
|:e|faa afe|faa a2e|fbb bab|c'bb b2a|
def a2b|afe d2e|fbb f2e|dBB B2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:D|Bdd dBA|Bdd g2f|e3 ede|GAB B2A|
GAB d2e|dBA G2A|Bee B2A|GEE E2 :|
|:A|Bdd dBA|Bdd d2A|Bee ede|fee e2d|
GAB d2e|dBA G2A|Bee B2A|GEE E2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
G|:"C" FEG GGE|DEG Gc2|"Dmin" BBA AAG|"Amin "Acd ee2|
"C" Bcd eg2|age dc2|"Amin" dea "G" ege|1 "F" dcA GAG :|2 "F" dcA GA2||
|:"C" deg gge|deg gge|"Amin" dea aag|"G" aba g "Amin" a2|
"C"ecd eg2|age dc2|"Amin" dea "G" ege|1 "F" dcA GA2 :|2 "F" dcA GAG||
X: 9
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
A|:GFA AAF|EFA Ad2|cB/c/B ABA|Bde ff2|
cde fa2|baf ed2|efb faf|1 edB ABA :|2 edB ABd||
ef2 aaf|efa aaf|efb bba|bc'b ab2|
fde fa2|baf ed2|efb faf| edB AB2|
efa aaf|efa aaf|efb bba|bc'b abc'|
d'3 c'3|baf ed2|efb faf| edB ABA||
X: 10
T: I Ne'er Shall Wean Her
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
A|:"D" GFA AAF|EFA Ad2|"Emin" c ~B3 BA|"Bmin" Bde ff2|
"D" cde fa2|baf ed2|"Bmin" ef/g//a//b "A" faf|1 "G" edB ABA :|2 "G" edB AB2||
|:"D" efa aaf|efa aaf|"Bmin" efb bba|"A" bc'b "Bmin" ab2|
"D" fde fa2|baf ed2|"Bmin" ef/g//a//b "A" f3//g//a f|1 "G" edB AB2 :|2 "G" edB ABA||

Fourteen comments

Two Keys and Two Titles

When played in A dorian, this tune is called "I Shall Ne’er Wean Her," and in B minor its title becomes "Mrs. O’Sullivan’s."

Jig and Reel

Reminds me of a tune the great Ulster singers Len Graham and the late Joe Holmes used to lilt in jig and reel versions. I think they called it "Wellington’s Medal".

Key question

I’m a bit confused about the key here - it seems to me that If I accompany this tune I play the chords for C major.

“I Ne’er Shall Wean Her” ~ K: A minor

~ and just a minor variant:

|: G |
EGG GED | EGG c2 B | AcA AGA | cde e2 d |
cde g2 a | ged c2 d | e2 a edB | cAG A2 :|
|: d |
e2 g ged | egg g2 d | e2 a aga | bag a2 g |
cc/d/e g2 a | ged c2 B | Aaa e2 d | cAG A2 :|

I’d call it C rather than A dorian

Stoneboy wrote, "I’m a bit confused about the key here - it seems to me that If I accompany this tune I play the chords for C major." I agree. A dorian has an F sharp in it; C major, of course, has F natural. There are several places in this tune where you could drop an F natural in and it would sound fine, e.g., in measure 5 in the run up to G. I don’t think there’s any place an F# would fit.

Yeah, it ends on an A, but so what? It just begs to resolve to a C chord.

The second tune of course.

It reminds me of a few vague tunes and, less vaguely, of an early Pogues song, which name I’ve forgotten.

The first part proceeds by steps, it creates an anxious suspense; is this imperious rise gointa stop?

Lunasa Version

I posted a setting which is very close to the Lúnasa version in their Maids In The Kitchen track. Of course they played it in Gm to be more cool :-), but Am is easier, at least on my banjo, or C whistle - lost my Bb whistle somewhere - should get another.

Maids In The Kitchen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LBNaadGvdI

I Ne’er Shall Wean Her, X:8

Some variations from Patrick Street.

I Ne’er Shall Wean Her, X:9

A few small variations from the previous setting posted, transposed up to Bmin, and a variant ending from the Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson album Air-Fix (track "Gordon"). Wouldn’t use that ending every time playing through the tune of course!