Country Lass (The)

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X:1 T:Country Lass, The M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air B: William Thomson - Orpheus Caledonius, vol. II (1733, No. 38, p. 154) B: N:Thomson (c. 1695-1753) was a Scottish singer and folk song collector N:who lived in London for most of his adult career. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D D2|D>D d2 d/e/ f|e>d c3A|B>A FEF A|B2 {Bc}d3D|D>D d3f| e>e c3A|B>A FEF A|B2 {Bc}d2||e2|c B/A/ A3B|A F A3 A| A>A B3A|AB d3 F|G>F E3D|g>f e3 d/e/|(3f e d B3A|AB d2||

COUNTRY LASS, THE. Scottish, Air (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "The Country Lass" is a Scottish song published by poet and playwright Allan Ramsay (poet) (1686-1758), who included it in his Tea-Table Miscellany (p. 178). The English verses are by Martin Parker, which Ramsay edited with variations. "The Country Lass" was directed to be sung to an earlier tune, "The Mother Beguiled/Beguiles the Daughter". A variation of the tune is also used for "Sally in our Alley," although when first written by poet, playwright and songwriter Henry Carey (c. 1687-1743), he also composed an original air for it. This was supplanted (around 1760, according to antiquarian William Chappell) by the older "Country Lass" tune, which is described in some instances as "a new northern tune" [1].

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Printed sources : - William Thomson (Orpheus Caledonius, vol. II), 1733; No. 38, p. 154.

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  1. See Anne G. Gilchrist, "Some Additional Notes on the Traditional History of Certain Ballad-Tunes in the Dancing Master", Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 3, No. 4, Dec., 1939, p. 275).