Irish Songs: The Parting Glass

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Irish Songs: The Parting Glass

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two unaccompanied voices

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  • Premiere: 18 April 2009 / The Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY / Gilda Lyons, Elaine Valby
  • Instrumentation: two unaccompanied voices
  • Duration: 4'
  • Text: Traditional (Irish melody and words adapted by the composer)

Text

Oh all the money that e'er I had, I spent it in good company,

And all the harm that e'er I done, alas it was to none but me,

And all I've lost for want of wit to mem'ry now I can't recall;

So fill to me this parting glass, Good night and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend, And leisure time to sit awhile,

There is a fair maid in this town, Who sorely has my heart beguiled,

Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips, I own, she has my heart in thrall,

So fill to me this parting glass, Good night, And joy be with you all.

Oh all the comrades e'er I had, They are sorry for my going away,

and all the sweethearts e'er I had, They'd wished 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.