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Rand al'Fain
05-07-2011, 03:26 AM
Personally, I can't help but think of "I'll Tell My Ma When I Go Home" as the tune for it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN7GauiEa08

We'll drink the wine till the cup is dry,
And kiss the girls so they'll not cry,
And toss the dice until we fly,
To dance with Jak o' the Shadows.

Tell my ma when I go home,
The boys won't leave the girls alone,
They pull my hair and steal my comb,
But that's alright 'till I go home.

Granted, I think of the last verse a bit differently (low C, G, G, low C x3, F, F)
http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/music/piano/flute.htm

Isabel
05-07-2011, 06:54 AM
Someone has already made a version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcrMlVABQsQ

Marie Curie 7
05-07-2011, 12:25 PM
RJ planned it to be to the tune of "Garryowen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garryowen_%28air%29)":

ComicCon July 2004 - Jason Denzel reporting (http://wot.wikia.com/wiki/ComicCon_2004_Wrap-Up_July_22-25,_2004)

We asked about folk songs in The Wheel of Time. Robert said that he always has a tune in mind for each song. We immediately asked about Jak o' the Shadows. According to RJ, "Jak o' the Shadows" should be sung to the Garryowen, which is the official march of the US 7th Cavalry.


Letter to Austin Sirkin May 1995 (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan/msg/2bcda321f1edd6d7)

"I wrote "Jak o'the Shadows" to the tune of "Gary Owen," but I suppose anybody can put the words to what they wish."

Rand al'Fain
05-07-2011, 01:48 PM
RJ planned it to be to the tune of "Garryowen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garryowen_%28air%29)":

Oh well. But ever since the first time I read through it, I can't help but think of "Tell my ma." :p

Spasmodean
05-08-2011, 03:59 PM
Oh well. But ever since the first time I read through it, I can't help but think of "Tell my ma." :p

They're both good irish tunes :D

Rand al'Fain
05-08-2011, 10:45 PM
They're both good irish tunes :D
That they are. I suppose it doesn't help that I sang that song several times during my 9 years in choir. Fun song.:)