If Ever You Were Mine waltz

By Maurice Lennon

There are 14 recordings of this tune.

If Ever You Were Mine has been added to 17 tune sets.

If Ever You Were Mine has been added to 286 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: If Ever You Were Mine
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DE|G4 e2|{e}d4 (3BAG|AB G4|{A}G4 DE|
G4 e2|{e}d4 Bd|d6-|d2 e2 f2|
g4 ed|g4 ed|e2 {e}d3 B|AB G2 (3GFE|
D4 ed|d4 (3BAG|DEG2{A}GA|G6|1 {A}G4:|2 {A}G6||
B3 d (3BAG|d4 (3Bcd|c2 d2 e2|d4 (3Bcd|
B3 d(3BAG|d4 (3Bcd|c2 d2 e2|de fd ef|
g2{a}g2 ed|g2{a}g2 ed|e2 {e}d3 B|AB G2 (3GFE|
D4 ed|d4 (3BAG|DE G2{A}GA|G6|1 {A}G6:|2 {A}G4||
X: 2
T: If Ever You Were Mine
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(DE)|G4 e2|~d3 B ~B/A/G|AB G2 G2|{A}G3 D DE|
G4 ~e2|d3 d Bd|~d6|d2 e2 ~f2|
g2 g ed|g3 g ed|e2 {e}d3 B|AB G2 G/F/E|
D4 e2|d3 B B/A/G|DEG2GA|G6|1 {A}G3 D:|2 {A}G3 D||
dc|B3 d B/A/G|B/c/d- dd Bd|c2 d2 e2|d3 ABc|
B3 d B/A/G|B/c/d- dd Bd|c2 d2 e2|de fd ef|
g3 g ed|g3 g ed|~e2 d3 B|AB G2 G/F/E|
D4 e2|d3 B B/A/G|DEG2GA|G4 GA|1 G3 D:|2 {A}G4||
# Added by DomW .
X: 3
T: If Ever You Were Mine
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DE|:"G" G4 e2|"Em" d4 (3BAG|"Am" AB G2 G2|"D" G4 DE|
"G" G4 e2|"Em" d4 Bd|"Bm" d6-|"D" d2 e2 f2|
"Em" g4 ed|"Bm" g4 ed|"C" e2 d3 B|"Am" AB G2 (3GFE|"G" D4 ed|
"Em" d4 (3BAG|"D" DE G2 GA|1 "G" G4 DE:|2 "G" G6||
|:"Bm" B3 d (3BAG|d4 (3Bcd|"C" c2 d2 e2|"G" d4 (3Bcd|
"Bm" B3 d(3BAG|d4 (3Bcd|"C" c2 d2 e2|"D" de fd ef|
"Em" g2 g2 ed|"Bm" g2 g2 ed|"C" e2 d3 B|"Am" AB G2 (3GFE|
"G" D4 ed|"Em" d4 (3BAG|"D" DE G2 GA|1 "G" G6:|2 "G" G4||

Fifteen comments

Pretty waltz, by Maurice Lennon (formerly of Stockton’s Wing). You can find it on Jerry O’Sullivan “The Invasion”.
This transcription is by Phillip L. Sexton, and I got it off JC’s tunefinder, as Cecile was looking for wedding music. I think this is perhaps a little bittersweet a tune for a wedding, but it *is* beautiful.

Now thats funny, I was just looking for this tune the other day, and now there it is! Thanks! I know it from a recording of ‘Cherish the ladies’, but it seems not to be on any records of them, but it is absolutely wonderful. One of my alltime favorits!

Love this tune

I just heard Natalie McMaster play this haunting tune on Saturday on PBS, and I had to learn it.

I’m so happy to have found this site.


Julee Glaub sings a beatutiful rendition of this song. She calls it “You Will Always be Mine”. Words penned by Mike Hanrahan. I recently heard this played at session on the penny whistle and have to learn it.

Natalie MacMaster’s version

There is sheet music on Natalie’s website which is Natalie’s transcription of her playing this tune. Slightly different than this version – just thought you might like to have another version!

17 Bar tune

Does anyone else find the fact that this tune has 17 bars instead of the normal 16 a bit disconcerting? It tends to throw me a curve when I am accompanying it, and I think it would throw me off if I were dancing to it.

Beautiful tune… I’ve gotta agree about the 17 bars though, it confuses me.

17 bar

I’ve been playing this as a solo guitar piece for a long time and find the extra bar quite refreshing just so long as you know to expect it. Its sort of like the folksingers adding an extra beat in a bar, or taking a beat way, or like the Swedish Jig, which starts out as a slip jig then goes on in 6/8 - its ok, so long as you know to expect it.

Maurice Lennon

I heard Maurice play this a few weeks ago at a session in Chicago. I felt like I was in a dream. The whole pub was absolutely silent.

Re: If Ever You Were Mine

Is it really 17 measures or just a big fermata at measure 16?

Re: If Ever You Were Mine

jcm10524 – yeah, I’m no theorist but that’s how it feels to me. Larry Reynolds used to play this one every week, and I got it from him. It seems like a perfectly ordinary waltz rhythmically (though melodically brilliant) to play or dance to. Maybe bar 17, if you chart it that way (like the first example above) is more as though that’s a new couple of pick-up notes for bar 1 on the second go-round. It does give it a Scandinavian feel, granted. In the video above (by Caitlyn Warbelow and Troy MacGillivray, which is great playing BTW) it’s followed with The Roaring Barmaid. one of those tunes-with-a-syncopated-hiccup which have been all the rage this millenium. It’s a killer tune too but often flummuxes me if I’m not paying strict attention to the melodic line.

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