Geld Him Lasses
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GELD HIM LASSES (GELD HIM). AKA and see "Chalk's Hornpipe," "Punchinello's Hornpipe," "Rusty Gulley (1)." Scottish, 'Old' or Triple Hornpipe (3/2 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDDEEFF. A traditional tune published in the mid-18th century, in the relatively less strict times between the reformation and Victorian eras. It appears in the (James) Gillespie Manuscript of Perth (1768). A different tune by the same title appears several times in James Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion (1760).
David Herd & Hans Hecht (Songs from David Herd's Manuscripts, 1904, p. 182) print a fragment of the once popular song:
There came a fidler out of France,
I wat nae giff ye kend him, ....('know not if'...)
And he yon wi' our good wife:
Geld him, lasses, geld him!
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 6), 1760; p. 23.
Recorded sources: Topic Records, Alistair Anderson - "Corby Craig" (1977).
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