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She is far from the land

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James Joyce mentions the song ‘She is far from the land’ in Ulysses. It appeared originally around 1810 in Volume 4 of the Irish poet Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies, using an old Irish air ‘Open the door’. Later, this new setting was provided by Frank Lambert, who was one of the most successful of ballad composers for the publisher Chappell & Co. Around 1900. Moore’s lyric was inspired by Robert Emmet, an Irish patriot hanged after leading an uprising in Dublin in 1803, and his fiancée, Sarah Curran, who subsequently died of a broken heart.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2002


Songs my father taught me


Track 16 on CDA67290 [2'59]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67290 track 16

Recording date
20 January 2001
Recording venue
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Songs my father taught me (CDA67290)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: February 2002
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