View Full Version : can a happy child sing it

Phillip Allen
05-06-2012, 10:15 PM
yes.... but none as have always been happy


Ian McColgin
05-07-2012, 05:53 AM
A "black" spiritual written by a white guy sung by the Irish - so proving the universality of being human.

Wonderful. Thank you Phillip.

Vince Brennan
05-07-2012, 07:01 AM

No diminshed in the chorus, and no - the augmented 7th does NOT make up for it.


Ian McColgin
05-07-2012, 07:14 AM
Inner ear nerve damage left my hearing eccentric enough that many things musicians hear as a matter of course go right past me. Can't relaibly tell a major from a minor, much less give a dang about a seventh. Besides, it's a song that can take so many different treatments.

Like Mavis Staples - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ixbah9u234

Or Emmylou Harris going a bit blue grass - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09KCf_-wby4&feature=related

Or Kate & Anna McGarrigle and friends - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YrfLnlrquo

And so on. All I know is that doing this in the morning with that first cuppa leaves some tears of sorrow and hope.

Keith Wilson
05-07-2012, 07:34 AM
I heard Mary Black sing that with De Dannan in St Paul when she (and I) were much younger. Very, very fine.

Here's her old version of it. the video puts in a specifically Irish context, but as Ian says, it's universal.


The video of the Transatlantic Sessions with the McGarrigles is out sync with the music; very weird to watch.