GIVE ME YOUR HAND/TABHAIR DOM DO LAMH

Melodia composta secondo Edward Bunting (in “The Ancient Music of Ireland”) dall’arpista cieco irlandese “Ruairi Dall” O Cathain (c. 1570-c.1650) nel 1603 mentre era in visita presso la nobiltà scozzese. Alcuni tuttavia ma erroneamente, attribuiscono la melodia al bardo Turlough O’Carolan.

Francis O’Neill un altro grande collezionista di antiche melodie celtiche scrisse di “Ruairi Dall”Proud and spirited, he resented anything in the nature of trespass on his dignity. Among his visits to the houses of Scottish nobility, he is said to have called at Eglinton Castle, Ayrshire. Knowing he was a harper, but being unaware of his rank, Lady Eglinton commanded him to play a tune. Taking oftence at her peremptory manner, Ó Catháin refused and left the castle. When she found out who her guest was her ladyship sought and effected a speedy reconciliation. This incident furnished a theme for one of the harper’s best compositions. “Tabhair Damh do Lámh,” or “Give Me Your Hand!” The name has been latinized into “Da Mihi Manum.” The fame of the composition and the occasion which gave birth to it reaching the ear of King James the Sixth, induced him to send for the composer. Ó Catháin accordingly attended at the Scottish court, and created a sensation. His performance so delighted the royal circle that King James I familiarly laid his royal hand on the harper’s shoulder. When asked by one of the courtiers if he realized the honour thus conferred on him, to their consternation Rory replied: ‘A greater than King James has laid his hand on my shoulder.’ Who was that man?’ cried the King. ‘O’Neill, Sire,’ proudly answered Rory standing up

Jeremy Main scrive invece “One of the blind harpers Rory Dall was dumped in the ditch while travelling between gigs in Scotland by his hostess for the evening, who took him for a blind beggar. The said hostess (a Lady Eglington) was told what she had done when she got home, so she fetched the harper home in style cleaned him up and apologised most fulsomely. To show he had no ill-will, he produced one of the finest harp airs “Da Mihi Manum” – Give Me Your Hand. The Latin text has been lost, and there’ll be fame in the harp world for any archivist who finds it.

maclise-harperRuaidhrí Dall (Rory Dall ovvero Rory il cieco) era probabilmente di nobili natali (del clan O’Neil) originario dell’attuale Londonderry (Nord Irlanda); trascorse molta parte della sua vita in Scozia dove morì proprio nella casa di Lady Eglinton, evidentemente diventata sua mecenate. Secondo gli studiosi è l’autore della melodia The Derry Air, (Londonderry Air) diventata la nota Danny Boy.

Tutti questi aneddoti e altre storie circolate confondono spesso i due arpisti Rory Dall O’Caghan (c1570-c1650) e Rory Dall Morrison (1660-1714), che vissero per lo più in Scozia, in un’unica persona. Da alcuni studiosi Rory Dall Morrison ovvero Roderick Morison è considerato di origini scozzesi, e fu l’ultimo bardo che compose in gaelico scozzese suonando con la clarsach, la tipica piccola arpa scozzese. E qui si riapre la discussione su tante controverse attribuzioni di belle melodie al di qua o aldilà del “the channel”

Nel tempo è sopravvissuta solo la melodia peraltro riportata in molte raccolte settecentesche “The melody’s popularity was long-lived, as attested by its appearance in many collections throughout the 18th century, including Wright’s Aria di Camera (1730), Neal’s Celebrated Irish Tunes (c. 1742—a revised date from the oft-given 1721 or 1726, this based on watermark research—see the appendix to the 2001 edition of O’Sullivan’s Carolan), Burk Thumoth’s Twelve English and Irish Airs (c. 1745-50), Thompson’s Hibernian Muse (c. 1786), Brysson’s Curious Selection of Favourite Tunes (c. 1790, and Mulholland’s Ancient Irish Airs (1810).”(secondo Fiddler’s Companion)

GUIDA ALL’ASCOLTO

La melodia è spesso suonata nei matrimoni irlandesi (con l’immancabile battuta: da non confondere con il brano “give me your house” più adatto per un divorzio irlandese)

ASCOLTA Chieftains
ASCOLTA Planxty
ASCOLTA con hammer dulcimer e violino
ASCOLTA Vicente La Camera Mariño sull’arpa bardica piccola

L’unica versione con il testo (al giorno d’oggi) è dei Wolfe Tones con testo scritto in inglese da Brian Warfield.

ASCOLTA Wolfe Tones in Till Ireland a Nation 1974 “Brian’s words are directed at the disagreements between the two peoples in Ireland today.” (Note Wolfe Tones, ‘Till Ireland A Nation’) Un semplice gesto di pace e fratellanza come quello di prendersi per mano

I
Will you give me your hand, is tabhair dom do lámh(1) Just give me your hand and I’ll walk with you Through the streets of our land, through the mountains so grand If you give me your hand Just give me your hand and come along with me Will you give me your hand and the world it can see That we can be free in peace and harmony From the north to the south, from the east to the west Every mountain, every valley, every bush and bird’s nest

CHORUS By day and night throughout struggle and strife I’m beside you to guide you forever my love For love’s not for one but for both of us to share For this country so fair for our world and what’s there

II
Just give me your hand, is tabhair dom do lámh Will you give me your hand, for the world it is ours All the sea and the land to destroy or command If you give me your hand. Just give me your hand in a gesture of peace Just give me your hand and all troubles will cease The strong and the weak, both the rich and the poor All peoples and creeds let’s meet their needs With a passion we can fashion a new world of love

NOTE 1) foneticamente “taur dum do law”.

TRADUZIONE ITALIANO DI CATTA SALTO
Mi darai la mano? Dammi solo la mano e camminerò con te, per le strade della nostra terra, tra le montagne così grandi, se tu mi darai la mano. Dammi solo la mano e vieni con me, mi darai la mano e potremo vedere il mondo per poter stare liberi in pace e armonia, da nord a sud da est a ovest, ogni montagna, in ogni valle ogni cespuglio e nido d’uccello
(CORO Di giorno e di notte, durante la lotta e il conflitto io ti sono accanto a guidarti per sempre, amore mio. Perchè l’amore non è per uno ma per entrambi da condividere, per questo paese così bello, per il nostro mondo e quello che è.) Dammi solo la tua mano, mi darai la tua mano perchè il mondo è nostro, tutto il mare e la terra da distruggere o comandare se tu mi darai la mano, dammi solo la tua mano in un gesto di pace dammi solo la tua mano e tutti i guai cesseranno. I forti e i deboli i ricchi e i poveri, tutti i popoli e le fedi soddisferanno i loro bisogni, con passione possiamo plasmare un nuovo mondo d’amore.

FONTI http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=2678 http://thesession.org/tunes/454 http://mysongbook.de/msb/songs/g/givemeyo.html http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/scotlandssongs/ secondary/genericcontent_tcm4556878.asp

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