Sheet Music: If I Were a Blackbird

TitleIf I Were a Blackbird
Alternate titlesIf I Was a Blackbird
I am a Young Maiden
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeD4–E5
Time signature3/4
Tempo40 BPM
Performance time0:25
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2017-02-07
Last updated2017-02-07
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Celtic Music, Slow airs

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Tuesday 7 February 2017

Tune of the Day: If I Were a Blackbird

Traditional Irish song

This old Irish song is about a girl who has been courted by a sailor, but is now deserted. She wishes she were a blackbird so she could follow her love.

I am a young maiden and my story is sad
For once I was courted by a brave sailor lad.
He courted me strongly by night and by day
But now my dear sailor has gone far away.

If I were a blackbird, I'd whistle and sing
And I'd follow the ship that my true love sails in
And on the top rigging I'd there build my nest
And I'd pillow my head on his lily white breast.