The story behind one of the best known Irish women's songs
The Spinning Wheel (John Frances Waller)
Mellow the moonlight to shine is beginning
Close by the window young Eileen is spinning
Bent o’er the fire her blind grandmother sitting
Is crooning and moaning and drowsily knitting
The Spinning Wheel is one of the most famous Irish folksongs and was one of the first songs I learned as a child.When I first learned it as a little girl I pictured this beautiful young girl gazing longingly out of the window, dressed of course in a perfect long skirt, with long hair and an angelic face!! The old lady was knowingly sitting in the corner .... I can still see the sash window, the moon shining, the wood outside where the young lovers ended up walking ... Isn't it funny the pictures that stay in your head with a song:)) It was written in the late 1800s by John Frances Waller (1909-1894) .