A U Hinny Burd

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A U HINNY BURD. AKA ‑ "A.U.A," "Aw You Hinny Bird," "Ah You Ah." English, Air (2/4 time). England, Northumberland. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The title appears (as "A U A") in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes ("The Northern Minstrel's Budget"), which he published c. 1800. The tune was entered into the c. 1812 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician John Bell [1] (1783-1864), which researcher Matt Seattle believes was the original source for subsequent versions.

It's O but aw ken well
A U hinny burd
The bonny lass o' Benwell,
A U A;
She's lang‑legged and mother‑like,
A U hinny burd,
See she's rakingup the dyke,
A U A.

Source for notated version:

Printed source: Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; p. 120.

Recorded sources:

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