Mudcat Café message #875553 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55149   Message #875553
Posted By: Genie
27-Jan-03 - 12:33 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat CD Orchid: Liner Notes PermaThread
Subject: Mudcat CD Orchid: The Parting Glass - Big Mick
19.  The Parting Glass  (trad.)  - 1:57
Big Mick with The Conklin Ceili Band

"It was Big Mick's writing that lies behind the inclusion of [this] song on this CD.   He sang it to a dear friend in the
hospital, who passed on.  It was perhaps the last communication he and Mick shared before his dying.  The poignancy & compassion that comes through in Mick's story compelled me to insist he include this rendition of The Parting Glass in the songs he sent in for the CD.  I was adamant, and as usual, Big Mick came through." - Amos
"Amos. this from Contemplator :  William Cole lists this as an Irish song.  It was well known in both Ireland & Scotland.  Before "Auld Lange Syne," this song was the most popular parting song in Scotland.  It appears in Herd's Scots Songs & in the Scots Musical Museum (1803/4).  It was printed on broadsides as early as 1770* & saw a resurgence of popularity in the late 1800s.  Several copies of these broadsides can be found at the Bodleian Library.
The tune appears as early as the 1600s - in the Skene Manuscript and in the Guthrie Manuscript (c.1675).  It is also in Playford's "Original Scots Tunes" (1700).**
The song is also known as "Good Night and Joy Be With You All."   Sam Henry collected "The Parting Glass" in Ireland in1938.  In Folksongs of Britain and Ireland, Peter Kennedy relates it to the Manx song "Te Traa Goll Thie (It's Time to Go Home)."

Oh, all the money e'er I had,  I spent it in good company.
And all the harm that ever I've done, Alas, it was to none but me.
And all I've done for want of wit To mem'ry now I can't recall;
So fill to me the 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, That sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips, I own, she has my heart in thrall;
Then fill to me the parting glass, Good night and joy be with you all.

Oh, all the comrades e'er I had,  They're 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 gently rise and softly call,  Goodnight and joy be with you all.