Cow Boy (The)

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COW BOY, THE (Giullan nam bo). Scottish, Slow Air (6/8 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. This tune "is a beautiful and tender love-song, of which the origin is not easily traced, no name being mentioned. The cow-boy seems, however, from the words, either to have been drowned, or at least amissing,-- perhaps enlisted,-- whilst his sweetheart and parents are querulously in search of him" (Capt. Simon Fraser of Knockie).

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Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 9, p. 4. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 131. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 2), 1846; p. 110.

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