Colleen I'm Courting Just Now (The)
X:1 % T:There’s a hole in my breeches! M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air S:Henry Hudson manuscript collection c. 1841 (Dublin, No. 262) N:Hudson was a Dublin dentist and an early collector. He was N:music editor of The Citizen or Dublin Monthly Magazine from N:1841-1843. F: http://rarebooks.library.nd.edu/digital/bookreader/MSE_1434-2/#page/7/mode/1up Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G D/E/|GAB d>ed|Bde A2 (G/A/)|Bde d>BA|(G3 G2) (B/c/)| dga bag|Bde d2 (g/f/)|.e.d.c .B.A.G|(E3 E2)|| (G/A/)|(Bd)e d(eg/a/)|(bag) d2 g/f/|edB (AGB/G/)|(E3 E2) D/E/| (GAB) (ded)|(Bd).e A2 G/A/|Bde dBA|(G3 G2)||
COLLEEN I'M COURTING JUST NOW, THE. AKA and see "There's a hole in my coat," "There's a hole in my breeches." Irish, Air (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The air was entered into the 1841 music manuscript collection of Dublin dentist and collector Henry Hudson (1798-1889) under the title "There's a hole in my breeches", along with the following words:
There’s a hole in my breeches, I cannot tell how,
And I haven’t a Wife for to mend it,
So I hope that the Cailin I’m courting just now,
By my breeches will not be offended.
For my mother declares she will not sew no more,
And my sister has married a sailor,
Oh I never was bother’d so fairly before,
For my credit is gone with the Taylor.
See note for "Enniskillen Dragoon (1) (The)" for brief discussion of the structure of this tune and partial list of others in this class.