An Táilliúir Aerach reel

Also known as Ding Dong Didilium, Buail Sin, Séid Seo!, The Flighty Tailor, The Smithy’s Song.

An Táilliúir Aerach has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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One setting

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X: 1
T: An Táilliúir Aerach
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
B2F2G EE2|F2{FF}F2A2B2|B2F2 G E FD|E2{EE}D2E2E2|
B2F2G EE2|F2{FF}F2A2B2{BB}|B{B} BF2 GE F D|E2D2E2E2||
F2F2G2FE|F2F2d2cd|e2d2c2BA|F2F2A2B2{BB}|
F2F2G2FE|F2F2d2cd|e2d2{dd}c2BA|F2F2A2Bc||

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History

Donal Ó Suileabháin writes that the music is likely far older then the words to this song, which is about a blacksmith whose wife has run off with the travelling tailor while he was at work. The lilting beautifully mimics the sound of the hammer on the anvil and "The crochets might be taken to represent the sounds made by the sledger with his órd-mór or sledgehammer and the quavers the blows delivered twice as rapidly by the lámh-órd or hand-hammer".

Lyrics

Ding dong didilium, buail sin, séid seo!
Ding dong didilium, buail sin, séid seo!
Ding dong didilium, buail sin, séid seo!
D’imigh mo bhean leis an táilliúir aerach.

Ní maith a ní féin tua ná corrán,
Ní maith a ním féin ramhan ná sleán,
Ó d’imigh uaim mo stuaire mná
Le gaige trua gan bhuar, gan sparán.

A bhean úd thíos an bhrollaigh ghléigil,
B’fhearra dhuit fille is na builg do shéida
Ná do ghabha maith féin go bráth a thréigean
Is triall ris an táilliúir ar fuaid na h-Éireann.

Cá bhfuil mo bhuachaill? Buail sin, séid seo!
Cá bhfuil mo neart, is snas mo chéirde?
Cá bhfuil mo radharc? Tá’n adharc ar m’éadan
Ó d’éaluigh mo bhean leis an táilliúir aerach.

Ding dong didilium, buail sin, séid seo!
Ding dong didilium, buail sin, séid seo!
D’imigh mo bhean leis an táilliúir aerach,
Is ní thúrfadh mo chosa me ar sodar fad téide.