Tune of the Day: My True Love Has Gone From Me
This Irish air is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. He notes:
This air like scores of others was unconsciously memorized in my boyhood days at Tralibane some three miles southeast of Bantry, West Cork. All that I can remember now of the ballad sung to it is the distich: “My true love he has gone from me, and I can’t tell how far / Eighteen hundred thousand miles, on board of a man of war”. It is not likely that the poetaster in equalizing his meter realized the absurdity of a voyage equal to seventy-two times the circumference of the Earth.