Black Eyed Susan (2)

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X:1 T:Black Eye'd Susan [2] M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Slow" B:Oswald – Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 11 (1760, p. 115) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Emin B2|(B2e2)f2|(g2f2)e2|(^d2e2)f2|B4 B2|(e2d2)c2|B4A2| G>A T(A3 G/A/)|B4 B2|(B2e2)f2|g4 d2|g>a Ta3 g/a/| b4 b2|(c'b)(ag)(fe)|d4 g2|{fg}a2 Tf4|g4a2|(b2a2)g2| (a2g2)f2|(g2f2)e2|(^d2e2)f2|B4 A2|(G2B2) ^c2| (d>^c)(d>e) d2|B2e2f2|g4b2|(a2g2)f2|(B2e2)^d2|e4:| |:d2|(B2b2)a2|g2 (fg) e2|b2 (ag)(fe)|B4 b>a|g4 b>a|(ge)(dB)(AB)| G>A T(A3G/A/)|B4 B2|(Be)(^df)(eg)|(fa)(gf)(e=d)|c'2b2 (a/b/c')| b4 a2|g2 (fe)(dc)|(B2d2)g2|(3ec'a g2Tf2|g4 a2|b3a (b/a/g)| a3g (a/g/f)|(g2f2)e2|(^d2e2)f2|B4A2|G3A B^c|d4^c2| B3e ^d>f|(e>g)(f>a)(g>b)|(a2g2)f2|(B2e2)^d2|e4:|]

BLACK EYED SUSAN [2]. AKA and see "Sweet William's Farewell to Black-Ey'd Susan." English, Air (3/4 time). E Minor (Oswald): D Minor (Manson). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Alexander, Manson): AABB (Oswald). The words to the song were written by bass singer and composer Richard Leveridge [1] (1670-1758).

Richard Leveridge

All in the Downs the Fleet was moor'd,
The streamers waving to the wind,
When black-ey'd Susan came on board;
Oh! where shall I my true love find?
Tell me, ye jovial sailors, tell me true,
If my sweet William,
If my sweet William sails among your crew.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Alexander (Alexander’s New Scrap Book, vol. 6), c. 1845; No. 854, p. 13. Howe (Second Part of the Musician's Companion), 1850; p. 6. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book vol. 2), 1846; p. 151. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 11), 1760; p. 115.

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