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The Claddag Ring: Symbolism in Music

The Claddagh Ring tradition and symbolism is not only present in stories and movies, but also in music! There is a recording label with it's name which has issued great albums from talented artists and even depicting the Claddagh Ring on some covers. Such the case of the "The Chieftains 5" album which featured a pic of the ring on the back cover of the original 1975 vinyl release. They also issued an Anthology of Traditional Irish Music, Vols 1 & 2 under the title of " Claddagh's Choice" with a cover illustration looking rather like a jeweller's tray, it is more of a showcase for Claddagh Records,it reflects Claddagh's view of Irish tradition.
Curiously the Scottish “Simple Minds” rock band also features the claddagh symbol on several of their album covers.

Curiously the Scottish “Simple Minds” rock band features the claddagh symbol on several of their album covers.
“Black and white 050505” album has the original inspiration of the hands artwork , a graphic on the Swedish website www.spray.de. A sketch of these hands was used for the promo artwork.
The sleeve for the booklet was far more interesting including bullets with enscribed Claddaghs, razors, barbed wire, hearts and eyes - the most impressive artwork since Good News From The Next World.
A 1990 box set of rare material : The Silver Box – also depicts the claddagh symbol, so as the 2007 “The Platinum Collection” box set , featuring all their single releases through Virgin plus remixes, and the “Gift Pack” a bundle of 2001's The Best Of along with 2004's Seen The Lights: Live In Verona.
Regarding Irish Traditional Music we can find out a great tune "The Old Claddagh Ring" performed as a waltz, you may listen to a nice version by Dermot O'Brien here. Hereby the sheet music of the tune...

Moreover we may find a great song related to a Claddagh ring love story. My favourite version was recorded by the scottish singer Andy M. Stewart along with Phil Cunningham (both former members of the legendary folk band "Silly Wizard") on their "Fire and Flame" album. Hereby the lyrics...


The Gold Claddagh Ring

It being a fine morning, this young man he chose
That he'd make occasion to wear his fine clothes

And it's down to the glen where the bonnie lassie goes
To give her a token of his love, we suppose

"Mary, oh Mary, if I could be your man
Between you and danger I fearlessly would stand

With this gold claddagh ring on your lily-white hand
Oh, there ne'er was another would dress you so grand."

There's no sun in summer there's no flowers in spring
Her hands hold my heart like the gold claddagh ring.

"Johnny, oh Johnny the ring it is of gold
And it's hands and fine heart, they are lovely to behold
But if I had the ring for one evening to hold
Then you shall have my answer e'er the week shall be old."

"Oh why have the weeks gone and not an answer came ?
And why is it that women are smarter than men ?

Oh the girl's kept the ring which I shall ne'er see again
Oh, she has many like it in a fine box at hame."

There's no sun in summer there's no flowers in spring
Her hands hold my heart like the gold claddagh ring.

It being a fine morning, this young man he chose
That he'd make occasion to wear his fine clothes

And it's down to the glen where the bonnie lassie goes
To give her a token of his love, we suppose

There's no sun in summer there's no flowers in spring
Her hands hold my heart like the gold claddagh ring.
Oh, her hands hold my heart like the gold claddagh ring.
You may also find out a different version here.

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