Begone Dull Care

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X:1 T:Begone dull care M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Slow" B:Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs (vol. 4, 1796, No. 173, p. 65) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A|d3e3|f3-f2g|a>ba gfg|f3-f2A|d3e3|f3-f2g/g/|f>gf ede|d3-d2:| |:f/g/|a2a a2f|g2g g2e|f2f fed|!fermata!f3 e2A/A/|d3e3|f3-f2g|f>gf ede|d3 d2:|]

BEGONE DULL CARE. English, Scottish; Air and Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). England; Northumberland, East Anglia. D Major (Kerr, Howe/2nd Part, O'Farrell): C Major (Howe). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title appears in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes, which he wrote c. 1800.

Begone dull care, I prithee be gone from me!
Begone dull care you and I shall never agree.
Long time hast thou been tarrying here and feign thou wouldst me kill.
But in faith, dull care, thou never shalt have thy will.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4), 1796; No. 173, p. 65. Elias Howe (Second Part of the Musician’s Companion), 1843; p. 8. Howe (Complete Preceptor for the Accordeon), 1843; p. 8 (appears as "Kinlock"). Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880's; No. 399, p. 44. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. II), c. 1806; p. 159.

Recorded sources : - Flying Fish FF425, Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt - "Closing the Distance" (1987).

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