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X:1 T:But and Ben M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B:Kerr - Merry Melodies vol. 4 (c. 1880's, No. 52, p. 8) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D A3GF3E D4 d3e|f4 e3d (fa3) a4|A3GF3E D4 d3e| f3ed3c B6d2:|A3Bd3e f3ed3A|B4 g3B (BA3) A3B| A3Bd3e f3af3d|BB3 g3f e6A2|A3Bd3e f3ed3A| B4g3B (BA3) A3B|A3Bd3e f3af3d|Bd3 ce3 d6z2||



BUT AND BEN. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. The title may come from the tunes association with the rhymes of "But the House and Ben the House," which refers to the 'outer' and 'inner' portions of the house, or the servants' and family quarters in rural habitations in early days [William White, Notes and Queries No. 54, 1876].

But your house and ben your house
This house is like a bridal house.


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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 4), c. 1880's; No. 52, p. 8.

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