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X:1 T:Down with ye Rumps, or Rodrick Random M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S: William Clark of Lincoln music manuscript collection (1770, No. 21) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G D|GAB ABc|Bcd cde|dBG cAA|BGG G2:|| d/c/|Bcd g3|ecc c2 d/c/|Bee a3|fdd d2c| Bdd g3|ecc c2 d/c/|BGG cAA|BGG G2||



DOWN WITH YE RUMPS. AKA - "Rodrick Random." AKA and see "Sheela Ó Gara (1)." English, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody was entered into the c. 1770 music copybook of Lincoln fiddler William Clark. The alternate title given by Clark, "Rodrick Random," was the name of a novel by Tobias Smollett, published in 1748 called The Adventures of Roderick Random. The tune however, was published earlier in the 18th century by Burk Thumoth under the title "Chiling O guiry"/"Sheela Ó Gara (1)."

William Hogarth (1697-1764) produced a series of illustrations in 1726 for a publication of Samuel Butler's popular 17th century poem "Hudibras," one of which was called "Burning Ye Rumps at Temple-Barr." Depicted in the mob is one sign that reads "Down with the Rumps", referring to the 'Rump Parliament', i.e. the surviving members of the Long Parliament of 1640, which was finally dissolved in 1660.


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