Parting Glass

This is an online fiddle lesson for the song "The Parting Glass."

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Genre: Celtic
Skill Level: Intermediate
Keys of C, D, G

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Video #1: Here is a video of my family and me playing and singing the song "The Parting Glass."

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"The Parting Glass" is a Scottish traditional song, often sung at the end of a gathering of friends. It was purportedly the most popular parting song sung in Scotland before Robert Burns wrote "Auld Lang Syne."  The earliest known printed version was as a broadside in the 1770s and it first appeared in book form in "Scots Songs" by Herd. An early version is sometimes attributed to Sir Alex Boswell. The text is doubtless older than its 1770 appearance in broadside, as it was recorded in the Skene Manuscript, a collection of Scottish airs written at various dates between 1615 and 1635. It was known at least as early as 1605, when a portion of the first stanza was written in a farewell letter, as a poem now known as "Armstrong's Goodnight," by one of the Border Reivers executed that year for the murder in 1600 of Sir John Carmichael, Warden of the Scottish West March.

source:  wikipedia

The Parting Glass

Oh all the money that e'er I spent
I spent it in good company
And all the harm that e'er I've done
Alas, it was to none but me 
And all I've done for want of wit
To memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all

Oh all the comrades that e'er I've had
Are sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I've had
Would wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise and I'll softly call
Good night and joy be with you all
Good night and joy be with you all
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This topic contains 9 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  John Cockman 4 months ago.

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  • #57602

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This song is brought to you by BGD member “redbeard.”

    The Parting Glass

    #57613
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    John what key are you and the family playing it in ?

    #57614

    Sitohang
    Participant

    Such a beautiful song!Almost had tears in my eyes:(

     

     

    • This reply was modified 7 months ago by  Sitohang.
    #57615

    Sitohang
    Participant

    I would like to know as well ,please 🙂

    #57617

    Sitohang
    Participant

    I would like to know as well ,please:)

    • This reply was modified 7 months ago by  Sitohang.
    #57620

    Angela
    Participant

    I’m pretty sure they’re in C

    #57640
    JD Hood
    JD Hood
    Participant

    Simply beautiful and captivating.  Bravo!

    #57863

    William Maltus
    Participant

    Awesome job John!  Thank you very much!

    #59880
    Edmo45
    Edmo45
    Participant

    Such a beautiful tune…

    Adding this to my repertoire…thanks!

    #59909

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Here it the link to Ed’s benchmark video in the Lion’s Den:

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/forums/topic/the-parting-glass-3/

    Great job! Thanks for posting it.

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