Grove Scene by John Crome. Photo (c) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery) The Salley Gardens. Down by the Salley Gardens is a well-known Irish folk song – just one of the collection arranged by Benjamin Britten, and published in Words by William. Down by the Salley Gardens has an unusual background for a song that has passed including Rebecca Clarke, John Ireland and Benjamin Britten also set the.
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Is it from the Celts or could the Vikings be responsible? The rest of the song, however, is quite different. Down by the Salley Gwrdens gives no specific reason for the failure of the gardsns, and the effect may be stronger as we are left to make up our own minds. It first appeared under its present title when it was reprinted in Poems in H Abrams and Stephen Greenblatt eds.
The song that Yeats heard the old woman singing was almost certainly the old Irish tune, You Rambling Boys of Pleasure. Retrieved from ” https: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Walton — The Wise Virgins Next up: A Source Book 2nd ed. Nevertheless, it has become one of the most recorded Irish songs of all time and has attracted the attention of performers from widely different musical backgrounds.
Down by the Salley Gardens
By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Lonely Sinead prefers America to Ireland. But I was young and foolish and with my darling could not agree. Grove Scene by John Crome. The Salley Gardens is simple and moving, a truly yearning song that makes the most of its beautiful melody. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Showcase Info and videos of new Irish performers.
Retrieved November 23, Its second verse contains the lines:. Yeats indicated in a note that it was “an attempt to reconstruct an old song from three lines imperfectly remembered by an old peasant woman in the village of BallisodareSligowho often sings them to herself.
The poem has been part of the repertoire of many singers and groups, mostly set on “The Maids of Mourne Shore”‘s melody. Slender shoots of willow were used to bind thatched roofs and so it was common to find small willow plantations close to villages in Ireland. Email required Address never made public.
Down by the Salley Gardens was written as a poem and remained that way until when Herbert Hughes set it to music using the old Irish melody, The Maids of Mourne Shore. The similarity to the first verse of the Yeats version is unmistakable and would suggest that this was indeed the song Yeats remembered the old woman singing. It has been suggested that the location of the “Salley Gardens” was on the banks of the river at Ballysadare near Sligo where the residents cultivated trees to provide roof thatching materials.
The Salley Gardens is the first in a long list of many folksong arrangements made by Britten, right up until the year of his death. Salley or sally comes from the Gaelic word saileach which means willow.
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The words are very similar to Down by the Salley Gardens and it seems safe to assume that You Rambling Boys of Pleasure was the song Yeats heard being sung by the old woman. Langridge and Johnson are here. Views Read Edit View history.
Irish Songs More information about Irish songs. Once you have filled in the form, you should receive a confirmation email which you will need to click. It was only changed to the Salley Gardens when it was published again in in his collection, Poems.
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The Salley Gardens therefore simply means willow gardens. Salley gardens Performed by Dancing Willow. I spied this pretty fair maid and these words to me she did say. Down by the Salley Gardens — tale of unrequited love. Britren and earworms Good Morning Britten.
We are not told why but the presumption is that he tried to move too fast and so frightened her away.