Album

The Murphy Beds

  • Eamon O’Leary – Vocals, Bouzouki, 2nd Guitar (track #5)
  • Jefferson Hamer – Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin (track #7)
  • Recorded by Jefferson Hamer
  • Mixed and Mastered by Erick Jaskowiak at J Studio, Nashville, TN

Track Listing

  1. Rise Up My Darling
  2. Bonny George Campbell
  3. Lovely Willie
  4. Come In (The False True Love)
  5. The Old Churchyard
  6. Sweet Bann Water
  7. Young Emily
  8. Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still
  9. The Navvy Boy
  10. Donal Og

Track Notes

1. Rise Up, My Darling

Learned from the Donegal singer Lillis O’Laoire, this song, ‘Eirigh Suas a Stoirin’, was translated from the Irish by Julie Henigan. Her original translation below:

Rise up, my darling, if you are within, Open the door and let me come in, I have drink for your mother to make her heart gay, And I hope she’ll not deny me her daughter this day. When I rise in the morning and I look far away, And I look towards the town where my love she does stay, Oh, the tears they fall from me just like two streams of rain, And with sighs and sad longing in grief I remain. In the green, wooded glen I sit weary and sad, From Sunday to Sunday the time I do pass, My eyes on the high road that keeps us apart, And not one thing in this wide world to comfort my heart. How glad are the wee birds that rise every day, And fly back each night to the same branch always, Not so for the likes of my true love and me, For it’s far from one another we must rise every day.

Translated Julie Henigan 1991

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2. Bonny George Campbell

From Francis James Child’s English and Scottish Popular Ballads, melody inspired by Nic Jones

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3. Lovely Willie

From the Fermanagh singer Paddy Tunney

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4. Come In (The False True Love)

‘The False True Love’ was recorded by Shirley Collins on her 1960 album False True Lovers

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5. The Old Churchyard

From Arkansas singer Alameda Riddle, recorded by Waterson/Carthy on A Dark Light

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6. Sweet Bann Water

From the book Sam Henry’s Songs of the People

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7. Young Emily

Learned from our friend Emily Miller with some additional verses from various other versions

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8. Her Bright Smile Haunts me Still

Learned from the recording of Eleazar Tillett & Martha Etheridge, released on the Warner compilation of the same name

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9. The Navvy Boy

From Sam Henry’s Songs of the People

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10. Donal Og

This version based on the translation from the Irish by Frank O’Connor. Learned from the singing of Al O’Donnell, Karan Casey, and others.

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The Murphy Beds wish to thank Cleek Schrey, Ryan McGiver, Erick Jaskowiak, Ruth Steiner, Ned Steves, John and Jillian Hamer, Tim “Love” Lee, Robert and Louise Sullivan, Julie Henigan, Chris Norman, The Brass Monkey, the 11th St. Bar, and Swift Hibernian Lounge, without whom this record would not have been possible.

All songs trad. arr. by Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer, except #8 (W.T. Wrighton, J.E. Carpenter) arr. Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer