Fy Nay Prithee John (1)

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FY, NAY, PRITHEE JOHN. AKA and see "Pall-mall," "Pell-Mell." English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). G Minor (Barnes): G Dorian (Barlow). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Barnes): AABB (Barlow). The tune was originally published by Henry Playford in the 7th edition of the Dancing Master (London, 1786) as "Pall-mall". Playford also published a tune called "Fy, nay, prithee John" in the 12th edition of the Dancing Master (1703), but it is a different tune (see "Fy Nay Prithee John (2)"). Yet another "Pall Mall" was printed in the 1880's by Glasgow publisher James S. Kerr. Sharp notes: "To the tune of 'Pell-Mell'." 'Fy' is used as an exclamation (sometimes of disgust or shame), or to mean 'come' or 'hurry'.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 253, pg. 65 (as "Pall-mall"). Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; pg. 27 (appears as "The Dancing Wife," the name of a country dance by Gary Roodman set to the tune of "Pell Mell"). Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 77.

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