The Parting Glass barndance

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Parting Glass has been added to 6 tune sets.

The Parting Glass has been added to 138 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Parting Glass
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
"F#7"(FE)|"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|"D"D2D2"Em"E2(DE)|"Bm"F2F2"A7"(FE)(DE)|[M:6/4]"D"F2A,2A,6"F#7"
(FE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|"D"D2D2"Em"E2(DE)|"Bm"F2B2"F#m"(AF)(EF)|[M:6/4]"Bm"D2B,2B,6"Bm"
F2|[M:4/4]"D"(AF)(AB)A2A2|"F#m"(AF)(AB)A3F|"Em"G2F2(FE)(DE)|[M:6/4]"D"F2A,2A,6"F#7"
(FE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|[M:6/4]"D"D2D2"Em"E6"F#7"(DE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"F2B2"F#m"(AF)(EF)|[M:6/4]"G"D2B,2"Bm"B,6|]
X: 2
T: The Parting Glass
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
"F#7"(FE)|"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|"D"D2D2"Em"E2(DE)|"Bm"F2F2"A7"(FE)(DE)|[M:6/4]"D"F2A,2A,6"F#7"
(FE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|"D"D2D2"Em"E2(DE)|"Bm"F2B2"F#m"(AF)(EF)|[M:6/4]"Bm"D2B,2B,6"Bm"
F2|[M:4/4]"D"(AF)(AB)A2A2|"F#m"(AF)(AB)A3F|"Em"G2F2(FE)(DE)|[M:6/4]"D"F2A,2A,6"F#7"
(FE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|[M:6/4]"D"D2D2"Em"E6"F#7"(DE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"F2B2"F#m"(AF)(EF)|[M:6/4]"G"D2B,2"Bm"B,6|]
"F#7"(FE)|"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|"D"D2D2"Em"E2(DE)|"Bm"F2F2"A7"(FE)(DE)|[M:6/4]"D"F2A,2A,6"F#7"
(FE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|"D"D2D2"Em"E2(DE)|"Bm"F2B2"F#m"(AF)(EF)|[M:6/4]"Bm"D2B,2B,6"Bm"
F2|[M:4/4]"D"(AF)(AB)A2A2|"F#m"(AF)(AB)A3F|"Em"G2F2(FE)(DE)|[M:6/4]"D"F2A,2A,6"F#7"
(FE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|[M:6/4]"D"D2D2"Em"E6"F#7"(DE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"F2B2"F#m"(AF)(EF)|[M:6/4]"G"D2B,2"Bm"B,6|]
X: 3
T: The Parting Glass
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:BA|G4 EE D2|DEG2 GA2A|1GAB2 c>B A2|
GAB2E2D2:|2GAB2 e/>ed/ B2|GAB2 DD3||
d>B ed2d|d>B ed3|GAB3cB2|GAB2BA3||
BA|G4 EE D2|DEG2 GA2A|GAB2 e/>ed/ B2|GAB2 DD3||
X: 4
T: The Parting Glass
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BA|:G2 E2 E2 DE|G2 G2 A2 GA|B2 B2 BAGA|B2 D2 D2 BA|
G2 E2 E2 DE|G2 G2 A2 GA|B2 e2 dBAB |1G2 E2 E2 BA:|2G2 E2 E3 B||
|:dBde d3 B| dBde d3 B|c2 B2 A2 GA|B2 D2 D2 BA|
|G2 E2 E2 DE|G2 G2 A2 GA|B2 e2 dBAB |1G2 E2 E3 B:|2G2 E2 E2 BA||
X: 5
T: The Parting Glass
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
||BA|G2 E2 E2 DE|G2 G2 A2 GA|B2 B2 BAGA|B2 D2 D2 BA|
G2 E2 E2 DE|G2 G2 A2 GA|B2 e2 dBAB |G3 E E3 d||
||dBe2 d3 d| dBe2 d3 B|c3 B A2 GA|B2 D2 D2 BA|
G2 E2 E2 DE|G2 G2 A2 GA|B2 e2 dBAB |G3 E HE2|]

Ten comments

About this submission

Actually, this song seems to be a slow air, but there was no category for airs in the submission form.

I was surprised to find that this song was not in the list of tunes. Is it too well known in the bars that everybody knows this version? It is a traditional drinking song in Scotland and Ireland from the 18th Century. But is perhaps most famous as the signature song of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem that they would sing at the end of their concerts. (Ref.: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Parting_Glass)

A free broadcast of Tommy Makem singing it can be found at http://www.last.fm/music/The+Clancy+Brothers+and+Tommy+Makem/_/The+Parting+Glass although I didn’t seem to get the same chords that he was playing. Clearly there is a simpler set of guitar chords to go with the notes.

If you want records and CDs with it, you can find it on, "Irish Songs of Drinking and Rebellion" by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (http://www.amazon.com/Irish-Drinking-Rebellion-Clancy-Brothers/dp/B00140PIIE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1231183605&sr=1-1 ) as well as about a half-a-million of their other recordings. It is also on the soundtrack for the movie, "Waking Ned Devine" (http://www.amazon.com/Waking-Ned-Devine-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B00000DI1V).

I present it here in the key of B minor (D) as one that can be easily sung or raised to whatever key you want on a guitar with a capo. Transposing on the fiddle is a little trickier, but what fiddler can’t transpose a song out of the key of D…

It must be related to the song "Goodnight And Joy Be With You" (https://thesession.org/tunes/7117), but seems sufficiently different that is deserves a separate entry in the tune list. It does not seem to be related to the reel of the same name, but who knows how songs evolve when passed on in the aural tradition.

Here are the words:

The Parting Glass

1. Oh all the money that e’er I had, I spent it in good company
And all the harm that e’er I’ve done, alas, it was to none but me
And all I’ve done for want of wit to memory now I can’t recall
So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

2. Oh all the comrades that e’er I’ve had, they are sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I’ve had, they would wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot that I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call good night and joy be with you all

3. If I had money enough to spend and leisure time to sit awhile
There is a fair maid in this town, that sorely has my heart beguiled
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips I own, she has my heart enthralled
So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

4. My dearest dear, the time draws near when here no longer can I stay
There’s not a comrade I leave behind, but is grieving for my going away
But since it has so ordered been what is once past can’t be recalled
Now fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

5. If I had money for to spend, If I had time to waste away
There is a fair maid in this town, I feign would while her heart away
With her rosy cheeks and dimpled chin, my heart she has beguiled awa’
So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you a’

6. If I had money for to spend, I would spend it in her company
And all the harm that I have done, I hope it’s pardoned I will be
And all I’ve done for want of it to memory I can’t recall
So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all

7. A man may drink and not be drunk, a man may fight and not be slain
A man may court a pretty girl and perhaps be welcomed back again
But since it has so ordered been by a time to rise and a time to fall
Come fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all


Here is my ABC file with the words added:

X:1
T:The Parting Glass
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Bm
R:Slow Air
C:Trad.
Z:Joe Scott 1/5/2006
"F#7"(FE)|"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|"D"D2D2"Em"E2(DE)|"Bm"F2F2"A7"(FE)(DE)|[M:6/4]"D"F2A,2A,6"F#7"
(FE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|"D"D2D2"Em"E2(DE)|"Bm"F2B2"F#m"(AF)(EF)|[M:6/4]"Bm"D2B,2B,6"Bm"
F2|[M:4/4]"D"(AF)(AB)A2A2|"F#m"(AF)(AB)A3F|"Em"G2F2(FE)(DE)|[M:6/4]"D"F2A,2A,6"F#7"
(FE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|[M:6/4]"D"D2D2"Em"E6"F#7"(DE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"F2B2"F#m"(AF)(EF)|[M:6/4]"G"D2B,2"Bm"B,6|]

X:1
T:The Parting Glass
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Bm
R:Slow Air
C:Trad.
Z:Joe Scott 1/5/2006
W:1. Oh all the money that e’er I had, I spent it in good company
W:And all the harm that e’er I’ve done, alas, it was to none but me
W:And all I’ve done for want of wit to memory now I can’t recall
W:So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all
W:
W:2. Oh all the comrades that e’er I’ve had, they are sorry for my going away
W:And all the sweethearts that e’er I’ve had, they would wish me one more day to stay
W:But since it falls unto my lot that I should rise and you should not
W:I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call good night and joy be with you all
W:
W:3. If I had money enough to spend and leisure time to sit awhile
W:There is a fair maid in this town, that sorely has my heart beguiled
W:Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips I own, she has my heart enthralled
W:So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all
W:
W:4. My dearest dear, the time draws near when here no longer can I stay
W:There’s not a comrade I leave behind, but is grieving for my going away
W:But since it has so ordered been what is once past can’t be recalled
W:Now fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all
W:
W:5. If I had money for to spend, If I had time to waste away
W:There is a fair maid in this town, I feign would while her heart away
W:With her rosy cheeks and dimpled chin, my heart she has beguiled awa’
W:So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you a’
W:
W:6. If I had money for to spend, I would spend it in her company
W:And all the harm that I have done, I hope it’s pardoned I will be
W:And all I’ve done for want of it to memory I can’t recall
W:So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all
W:
W:7. A man may drink and not be drunk, a man may fight and not be slain
W:A man may court a pretty girl and perhaps be welcomed back again
W:But since it has so ordered been by a time to rise and a time to fall
W:Come fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all
W:
"F#7"(FE)|"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|"D"D2D2"Em"E2(DE)|"Bm"F2F2"A7"(FE)(DE)|[M:6/4]"D"F2A,2A,6"F#7"
(FE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|"D"D2D2"Em"E2(DE)|"Bm"F2B2"F#m"(AF)(EF)|[M:6/4]"Bm"D2B,2B,6"Bm"
F2|[M:4/4]"D"(AF)(AB)A2A2|"F#m"(AF)(AB)A3F|"Em"G2F2(FE)(DE)|[M:6/4]"D"F2A,2A,6"F#7"
(FE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"D2B,2"G"B,2(A,B,)|[M:6/4]"D"D2D2"Em"E6"F#7"(DE)|[M:4/4]"Bm"F2B2"F#m"(AF)(EF)|[M:6/4]"G"D2B,2"Bm"B,6|]


—Joe Scott (hsphysicsteacher)

There is no classification for slow airs on this site, because tunes are are essentially classified here by time signature:

e.g. 4/4 Reels, Hornipes
e.g. 2/4 Polkas
e.g. 6/8 Jigs
e.g. 9/8 Slip Jigs
e.g. 3/4 waltzes

A "slow air" is not associated with any particular time signature - that is why there is no category for it.

You expressed surprise that that your contribution was not already on the db. That’s because "the Parting Glass" is known only as a song - the music that goes with it is never played as part of a tuneset.

I’m not aware of any specific edict not to post a song to the db, but it’s not customary to do this.

There’s a nice tune version on Alan & John Kelly’s Fourmilehouse CD - but that’s the first I’ve heard

Aka

Other names by which the melody of this song are posted are Nane As Kiare Feed and Burn’s Farewell.

The Parting Glass, X:3

This is definitely a song version, adapted from the slow air version that I sing.

The Parting Glass, X:4

Simple setting of this song melody that I wrote out for a beginner student - good tune for early students. Thought it might be useful.

The Parting Glass, X:5

Lovely song (air). Lovely rendered on a fiddle or other instrument in various keys.