The Spalpeen’s Lament waltz

Also known as Caoineach An Spailpin, Caoineadh An Spailpin, The Spailpin’s Lament.

There are 14 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Spalpeen's Lament has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Spalpeen's Lament
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
e3/2d/ |^c A3 GA |G4 A2 |c3 d ef |
gf/g/ a3 g |(3:2:1e(3:2:1d(3:2:1^c d e2 d |
^c A3 EF |G4 A3/2B/ |c A3 AB |c3 d ef |
gf/g/ a2 AB |c3/2A/ B3 A/G/ |(3:2:1E(3:2:1F(3:2:1G A4 |]

Three comments

Spalpeen’s Lament aka The Lament of the Spalpeen

I found this on Mick Woodruff’s web site http://micksvirtualwhistle.net/. I wasn’t able to find it on theSessiondotOrg so I’ve submitted it.

A really lovely haunting air, played slow, ‘bout 60 bpm. Mick plays it on a Low D whistle, I play it on flute, and I guess it would be fabulous on the pipes.

Spalpeen’s Lament

This same tune is played as a slow air on an LP called ‘Willy Clancy - The Minstrel from Clare’ where it has a second part - my favourite slow air.

Lyrics?

Has anyone run across the lyrics to this beautiful piece?

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