MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Christmas time in Ireland
Mrs. Bulger NFLD 2 Tape 3 Track 1
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

Leach: Got it on high? All right now you can sing. No, I’ll hold it for you.
Mrs. Boulger (sings):

At Christmas time in Ireland all the holy branches twine
At stately hall in golden all and grey
And tall among the branches the holly berry shines
At Christmas times in Ireland far away

Bright ribbon __________ those kindling Irish eyes
Cheer for the greetings of the day
The Greetings and the blessings from the Irish hearts that rise
At Christmas time in Ireland far away

At Christmas time in Ireland there is feasting there is song
Merrily the fife and fiddle play
Lightly dance the colleens the boys the evening long
At Christmas time in Ireland far away

At Christmas times in Ireland there is sorrow too for those
Who are scattered far in exile sadly straight
Many’s the prayer in silence for a friend below us flow
At Christmas time in Ireland far away

Then amid the greetings are a hope to banish fear
That God might send them safely back someday
To know again the happiness that had long ago been there
At Christmas time in Ireland far away


Notes


Sources: From the Memorial University Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) Song Index and Song Annotation Collection: Halpert, Herbert and Nicholas Halpert MUNFLA 66-23; Widdowson, John and Herbert Halpert MUNFLA 67-31

History: Newfoundland Christmas ballad

Text: A Christmas song about the fun and festive times spent in Ireland.

Tune: The key is major and the form is ABCD.   The performance is rhythmically free to better narrate the text.

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