Mudcat Café message #3289327 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #38530   Message #3289327
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
12-Jan-12 - 11:23 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: For Ireland I'd Not Tell Her Name
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: For Ireland I'd Not Tell Her Name
I just sounded the tune out on my keyboard, and it has a range of an octave and a fifth. Few people can sing that many notes.

I suspect this was an air for an instrument, such as violin or harp, and the words were added later. IMHO the words in English are silly and awkward, and it would be best simply to let instruments have this beautiful and challenging tune.