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Herga Kitty Lyr Add: The Letters We Carved on the Tree (10) RE: Lyr Add: The Letters We Carved on the Tree 10 Jun 20


I sang "consent"!

I sing the song as given to me by my friend Mary O'Connor in the 1990s, many decades after a member of her family brought the words home (in Birr, County Offaly), without a tune. The words given to me have changed somewhat over the years from the published version (and the Old Time Song lyrics say "she gave her comment"). And because the Hinds family didn't have the tune they used a different tune.

When I learnt the song, I didn't know it was written in the US - but when I sang it in front of Thomas McCarthy (who is from Birr) and he hadn't heard it before I thought I'd check out just where it came from.    The information I found on Google about six years ago indicated that the words were written by George Russell Jackson, a Scot who emigrated to the US and ended up as Deputy Editor of the Boston Chronicle, with a tune set to it by Frank B Haynes when it was published by Ditson in 1883 - but the only info I can find now mentions Frank B Haynes, who had the copyright, and not Jackson.

Kitty


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