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X:1 T:Clod Poles Jig M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:Elias Howe – Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (Boston, 1880-1882, p. 605) B: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin A|AcE Ace|edc dcB|ABA ABA|G2E E2E| AcE Bcd|edc dcB|cde dBd|c2A A2:| |:A|cde eae|eae edc|Bcd dgd|dgd dcB| cde fed|edc dcB|cde dBd|c2 A A2:|]

CLOD POLES JIG. American, Jig (6/8 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Clod-pole = an idiot. A term of derision. Robert Forby's The Vocabulary of East Anglia (1830, p. 69) records:

CLOD-HOPPER, s. a working farmer, or labourer in husbandry. In T.J. we are told that this is the modern vulgarism for 'clod-pole'. Vulgarisms both, undoubtedly; but they can never be synonymous and commutable till head and heels meet. Indeed, note but a very accomplished tumbler can be at the same time a 'clod-pole' and a 'clod-hopper'. The meaning of each word is quite obvious, and perfectly distinct.

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Printed sources : - Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 605.

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