If any of your students have watched Warner Bros. cartoons, they’ve probably seen the piano gag that uses this piece. (Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner both played this piece as a single note melody except they just never could quite get that high note right.) The tune is also known as the beginning violin solo to Come On, Eileen from Dexy’s Midnight Runners.
The tune has had remarkable staying power for the last 200 years or so, and its lyrical theme of enduring love is timeless.
This early-intermediate arrangement does it justice, with lyrics included and special notes explaining the disputed origins of the melody. (It might NOT be Irish after all, but most people still consider it as coming from the Emerald Isle.)
Key: C Major
Mood: delicate, adoring, reassuring
Pedagogy: hand position changes, broken chords, scale fingering