Thursday 8 October 2015
Tune of the Day: The Dark Slender Boy
Traditional Irish air
This moving slow air is usually played on the Uilleann pipes (the characteristic national bagpipe of Ireland), but if properly ornamented it can sound lovely on the flute as well. The present version of the melody is taken from O'Neill's Music of Ireland, published in 1903.
In the lyrics that are sometimes sung to this tune, the singer bemoans the dark slender bottle of whiskey, the cause of his misfortunes.
Thanks to Fred for suggesting this tune!