The Parting Glass – Instrumental Version

The Parting Glass  a traditional folk tune made popular by Ed Sheehan, though I much prefer Cara Dillon’s version – but then I’m a massive fan of Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman. There’s also the famous version by Liam Clancy.

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My humble instrumental version is played on a Chieftain ‘A’ Whistle and my Sandpiper C#/D Melodeon. The keyboard backing was creating using a new software gadget called EZKeys from ToonTrack. It gives you lots of keyboard playing styles; I’m only just learning how to use it with Logic Pro X.

The song itself has an air of sadness about it as it’s to do with leaving friends behind. It actually reminds me of the song “Here’s a Health to the Company”.

In case you want to sing along, the tune has two verses/choruses, an ‘instrument’ verse/chorus and a final verse/chorus.


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The words and tune are traditional.

The Parting Glass – Lyrics

Of all the money that e’er I had
I’ve 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

Of all the comrades that e’er I had
They are sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had
They 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

A man may drink and not be drunk
A man may fight and not be slain
A man may court a pretty girl
And perhaps be welcomed back again
But since it has so ought to be
By a time to rise and a time to fall
Come fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all
Good night and joy be with you all

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