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Bayard (1981) identifies this as originally a Protestant Irish tune, based presumably on the reference to 'orange', the Dutch ancestral house of William of Orange, 'King Billy'. He transcribed it from the playing of fifer Joe Johnson. A version, as "Orange Lily" appears in Henry Glassie's Passing the Time in Ballymenone (p. 837), collected from a Protestant woman from County Fermanagh.