X:1 T:Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) C:Traditional Irish (maybe Scottish) Melody, Lyrics by Frederic Weatherly (1910) C:Arranged for NAF by Julia and Robert Gatliff (requires half-holes) M:4/4 L:1/4 K:E G A B | c3 B | c f e c | (BA) F2-|F A c =d | e3 f | e c A c | B4-|B G A B | c3 B | c f e c | (BA) F2-|F G A B | c3 =d | c B A B | A4-|A e f g | a3 g | g f e f |(ec) A2-|A e f g | a3 g | g f e c | B4-|B e e =d | e3 a | g f =d f | (ec) (A2|F) G A B | (cf) e c | (BA) F G | A4-|A |] W: W:1) Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling W:From glen to glen, and down the mountain side W:The summer's gone, and all the leaves are falling W:T'is you, T'is you must go and I must bide. W: W:2) But come ye back when summer's in the meadow W:Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow W:t'is I'll be there in sunshine or in shadow W:Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so. W: W:3) And when ye come, and all the flow'rs are dying W:If I am dead, as dead I well may be W:ye'll come and find the place where I am lying W:And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me. W: W:4) And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me W:And oh, my grave shall warmer, sweeter be W:For ye will bend and tell me that you love me W:And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me. W:
Some liberties were taken to fit this melody within the range of NAF.
A potion of notes between measures 24-28 have been arranged to fit. This was the primary
reason this melody was not
transposed up to avoid the half-holing. Sometimes compromises are necessary to arrange a melody within the constraints of this wonderful instrument.