Black Eyed Susan (1)
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BLACK EYED SUSAN  (Suban na sul dub). Irish, Slow Air (6/8 or 3/4 time). G Minor (O'Neill, 1st Setting): C Minor/Dorian (O'Neill, 2nd Setting): D Dorian (Darley & McCall). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Darley & McCall): AB (O'Neill). The County Cork collector William Forde (c. 1759-1850) noted:-- (Source Hugh) "O'Beirne swears that this is Irish." There is some similarity, however, to a song called "Black-Eyed Susan" by the English stage composer Leveridge, which goes:
X:1 T:Black-Eyed Susan M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air B:Moffat - Minstrelsy of Ireland (1897, p. 339) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Gmin DGA|B3 A/G/ ^FG|D3 GFE|D3 B, C>C|D3 DGA|B3 FBc| d3d c/B/A/G/|F3B cA|B4 dc/B/|cB/A/ BA/G/ ^FG| D3 CB,D|F2 DDGA|B2d2 c/B/A/G/|D4 ^F2|G3||
Source for notated version: piper Hugh O'Beirne, 1846 (Mohill, Co. Leitrim) [Darley & McCall]; Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down and Francis O'Neill's collaborator [O'Neill].
Printed sources: Darley & McCall (Feis Ceol Collection of Traditional Irish Music), 1914; No. 52, p. 23. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 53, p. 10 and No. 54, p. 10.