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Published on Oct 6, 2012
A very famous Irish folk song, recorded by many singers, Classical - as well as Folk singers. The words are re-written by Padraic Colum, the author of the famous children's book 'The King of Ireland's Son'. He seems to have reworked the words of an old Ballad called 'I once had a sweetheart' and put them to an ancient Donegal air.
"This Irish folk song hasn't much to do with fairs at all. It belongs to a genre known as 'night-visiting songs'. In these songs a parting couple make a pact that should misfortune (death) befall either one, the departed one will return to the other. This is what happens. I've recorded this live in my local church - hence the echo - all the best