Straight Lines

16. Diana Hanson / The Parting Glass

"Diana Hanson" music by: Jim Lucas
1979 Jim Lucas
Parting Glass: traditional Irish

Vocalsl & English concertina: Mike Agranoff

Jim Lucas wrote the air specifically for the concertina.  The wistful drones and suspensions of the tune seemed to me perfect to have it serve as a prelude to the equally wistful traditional song about leaving friends and loved ones.

Of all the money 'ere I've had, I've spent it in good compny.
And all the harm that 'ere I've done, alas it was to none but me.
And all I've done for want of wit, to mem'ry now, I can't recall.
So fill to me the Parting Glass. Good night, and joy be with you all.

And if I had gold enough to spend, and leisure time to sit awhile,
There is a fair maid in this town who sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her ruby lips! Her rosy cheeks! I own she holds my heart in thrall.
So fill to me the Parting Glass. Good night and joy be with you all.

And of all the friends that 'ere I've had, they're sorry for my going away.
Ans all the sweethearts 'ere I've loved, they'd wish me one more day to stay.
But since it falls unto my lot that I should part, and you should not,
I'll gently rise, and softly call, Good night, and joy be with you all.