Irish songs about love are part of the folk tradition - perhaps the primary part!
Here is an old melody with beautiful new lyrics in a courtly style. Download:
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
This song, already beautiful as a piano solo, has been rendered even lovelier by the lyrics written by Matthew Meyers, an American teenager.
Hear Matthew play and sing his own lyrics:
Very old-fashioned, the words talk about a young knight passing beneath a tower window, wherein sits a young woman with dark hair and bright eyes.
His heart is drawn to her even as he sets off for war, and he takes a moment to stop, rest his sword beside a tree, and speak with her. It is understood that he will be coming back this way again!
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
The two pages shown above are in the key of Em (E minor). I've made PDFs for the keys Am, Bm, Dm, Fm, and Gm as well.
Thanks, Matthew, for your song lyrics, which enable us to sing this beautiful Irish melody, and carry us back in imagination to another time!
And remember to check out this song on another page, with different arrangements!
The links for the vocal with piano accompaniment, in multiple keys:
Download Keegan's Waltz in Am for voice and piano
Download Irish music in Bm for voice and piano
Download Irish songs about love Keegan's Waltz in Dm
Download Irish sheet music Keegan's Waltz in Fm
Download free Irish sheet music Keegan's Waltz in Gm
The links for the lead sheets:
Download Keegan's Waltz lead sheet in Am
Download Keegan's Waltz lead sheet in Em
Download Irish love song in Fm
Download Irish lead sheet in Gm
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This book is available as a digital download from this site. Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.
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Music has such power to move the heart... do you have a story or a question about this music?
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