The Parting glass

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    These songs (apart from the Green Fields of France and Wild Mountain Thyme) are modern interpretations of classic folk songs. The source of these songs lay with the great folk song collectors such as Cecil Sharp, Francis James Child, and the Copper family. These are songs that were transmitted through word of mouth, songs of the lower classes, music with no known composer.
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The Parting Glass is a Scottish and Irish folk song that some say was the most sung song in both Scotland and Ireland until the arrival of Auld Lang Syne. It was recorded in the Skene manuscript, a collection of Scottish airs collected between 1615 and 1635, and a portion of the first verse was also written in a farewell letter in 1615.

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The Parting Glass
(Traditional)

Of all the money that ere I had, I've spent it in good company,
And of all the harm that ever I've done, alas was done to none but me.
And all I've done for want of wit, to memory now I cannot recall.
So fill me the parting glass, goodnight and joy be with you all.

Of all the comrades that ere I had, they're sorry for my going away,
And of all the sweethearts that ere I've loved, they would wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot that I should part and you should not,
I'll gently rise and I'll softly call, Goodnight and joy be with you all.

A man may drink and not be drunk,
A man may fight and may not be slain
A man may court a pretty girl
And perhaps be welcomed back again.

But since it has so ordered been
For a time to rise, and a time to fall
Come fill to me the Parting glass, goodnight and joy be with you all.

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from Tales from the Crow Man, released October 31, 2009

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Damh the Bard – is a modern-day Bard whose spirituality and love of folk tradition is expressed through his music, storytelling and poetry. Drawing on the Bardic tradition, his performances are both entertaining and educational, speaking directly to the heart, and never without a good splash of humour. ... more

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