Tiocfaidh An Samhradh

Summer Will Come
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This is a traditional Irish song arranged by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Ciaran Tourish, Dermot Byrne and Dáithí Sproule. more...

This is a traditional Irish song arranged by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Ciaran Tourish, Dermot Byrne and Dáithí Sproule. It appears Atlan’s seventh studio album Another Sky, released in February 2000.

From The Doegen Records

This is a very popular song in Donegal. It was also popular in Omeath when Irish was the vernacular language of the area. There are several different versions which generally tell the story of a man, often a sailor, who loses his lover to another man. The last two verses sung here are closely related to Mánus Ó Creag’s version of ‘An Táilliúir Aerach’ which can be found elsewhere in the Doegen collection. The whole melody is structured as follows: first phrase, second phrase, second phrase, first phrase. Each phrase consists of four bars. This is often referred to as ABBA form. Quatrain verses are easily set to such melodies and this structure is very popular in the Irish song tradition. Lorcán Ó Muireadhaigh published an eight-verse version with tonic solfa in Amhráin Chúige Uladh (Dundalk, 1927), no. 32. For staff notation of the melody, an alternative version of the song collected in Gaoth Dobhair, county Donegal, and additional bibliographic notes, see Colm Ó Baoill, Amhráin Chúige Uladh (Indreabhán, 2009) 85-6, 159, 185. A five-verse version of this song appears in Liam Ó Conchubhair and Derek Bell, Traditional songs of the north of Ireland (Dublin, 1999), 111-12. The melody closely relates to that sung on the present recording. Other songs set to the same melody include: ‘The summer is come and the grass is green’ (see P.W. Joyce, Ancient Irish music (Dublin, 1873), 19) and ‘Rich and rare were the gems she wore’, composed by Thomas Moore (see Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish melodies of Thomas Moore (London, 1894), 18). Another verse (i.e. part 2) of this song is to be found on a separate track in the Doegen collection.

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Summer will come
And the grass will spring
And the trees will bring forth
Their foliage green
My true love will come
At the dawn of the day
And in sorrow I'll play
For her a mournful lay

From an early age
I like sport and fun
And I'd join my true love
As the chance would come
There's no harbor town now
That I'd be in
But I'd find a fair maid
To walk hand in hand

Bad cess to the ocean
But it's broad and wide
It separates me from
My joy and pride
It leaves me here now
To grieve and mourn
Without hope of seeing
Her forever more

I called last night
To her parent's door
And I called again
On my love once more
Her father told me
She was not there
She eloped with the boy
With the rusty hair

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