I Know My Love

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"I Know My Love" is a traditional Irish song, extant since at least 1922.[1] It is about a woman's love for "an arrant rover" and her jealousy of his other women.[2]

An early recording was done by Burl Ives on 3 March 1941[3] for his debut album Okeh Presents the Wayfaring Stranger.

It is best known as a single by Irish folk band The Chieftains, released in 1999, taken from their widely acclaimed album Tears of Stone.

James Yorkston and the Athletes also recorded a version of this song on the album Moving Up Country. Liz Madden recorded a new version on her 2010 album My Irish Home. Colin Wilkie and Shirley Hart recorded a version on their 1966 album Songs of Mother Ireland. Other artists having recorded the song include Pete Seeger, The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, Seamus Kennedy, and Salli Terri.

The Chieftains[edit]

"I Know My Love"
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Single by The Chieftains
featuring The Corrs
from the album Tears of Stone
A-side"I Know My Love"
B-side"Tears of Stone"
Released24 May 1999 (UK)
FormatCD single
Producer(s)Paddy Maloney
The Corrs singles chronology
"Runaway (Remix)"
"I Know My Love"
"Lifting Me"

The Chieftains' version features guest artists The Corrs and had been recorded in 1997, while The Corrs were working on their second album Talk on Corners. At the time it was released, The Corrs were at the height of their popularity. The track was later included on The Corrs' 2006 compilation album Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection.

Europe/Mexico CD Single
  1. "I Know My Love (Radio edit)" – 3:11
  2. "I Know My Love" – 3:51
UK CD Single
  1. "I Know My Love (Youth Rhythm Remix)"
  2. "I Know My Love (Extended Remix)"
  3. "Tears of Stone"


  1. ^ Padraic Colum, ed., Anthology of Irish Verse 79 - 80 (New York: Boni & Liveright, 1922).
  2. ^ Digital Tradition Folk Music Database: link
  3. ^ Naxos: link

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