Origins of the Sash

I see someone kindly supplied the words of the Sash My Father Wore on another thread. Personally, I didnt need that as it’s still ringing in my ears from yesterday! However, did you all know that the song is only about 100 years old (a mere weekend in Irish terms), and is likely based on a 19th century Irish love song?

Although the tune seems to have a certain antiquity the words as now sung were written only within the last 100 years. There are several variants current, one of the more anodyne being this one. The text may be relatively recent but the County Down singer Tommy Sands has traced the melody back through The Hat My Father Wore to an early 19th century love song Irish Molly O .

You can hear both versions on the linked site!