Fits Upon Me Now

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X:1 T:Fit's Come On Me Now, The M:9/8 L:1/8 S:Sharp - Country Dance Tunes (1909) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F (F2c AFc d2)(c | F2c AFc f2)(c | F2c AFc d2) (e | fcd cAF G2)(F | F2c AFc d2)(c | F2c AFc f2)(c | F2c AFc d2)(e | fcd cAF G2F) || (f2c fcf g2)(a | f2c fag g2)(c | f2c fcf g2) (a | fcd cAF G2)(F | f2c fcf g2) (a | f2c fag g2)(c | f2c fcf g2) (a | fcd cAF G2F) ||




FIT'S UPON ME NOW, THE. AKA and see "Bishop of Chester's Jig (The)," "Fit is Come Ower Me Now (The)." English, Country Dance Tune (9/8 time). D Major (Chappell): F Major (Barnes, Sharp). Standard tuning. AB (Chappell, Sharp): AABB (Barnes). The air dates to 1686 where it appears in the 7th edition of Playford's Dancing Master; it was later called "Bishop of Chester's Jig (The)" in the Playford publications. However, perhaps an older version of the air appears in the Panmure MS #9454 Seventy Seven Dances, Songs and Scots Airs for Violin, c. 1675. Robin Williamson opines that that the Panmure version is "a quirky piece of unusual structure."

The title comes from words set to the tune:

The fit’s upon me now,
The fit’s upon me now,
Come quickly gentle lady,
The fit’s upon me now.
The world shall know they’re fools,
And so shalt thou do too,
Let cobblers mend their tools,
The fit’s upon me now.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Barlow (The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 243, p. 63. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times, vol. 2), 1859; pp. 27-28. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 51.

Recorded sources : - Flying Fish, Robin Williamson - "Legacy of the Scottish Harpers, vol. 2."




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