Give me the girl that's ripe for joy

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GIVE ME THE GIRL THAT'S RIPE FOR JOY. AKA and see "Captain Money's March." English, American; March (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. In England the melody appears in John Moore's music manuscript collection as "Birmingham March," while in America it was entered into Henry Beck's flute manuscript as "Chimes." The melody was published under the "Give me a girl..." title in Daniel Steele's New and Complete preceptor for the German Flute (Albany, N.Y., 1815). See also the related morris dance tune "Balance the Straw (1)." The march was also entered into the c. 1776-1778 music copybook of fifer Thomas Nixon Jr. [1] (1762-1842), of Framingham, Connecticut. Nixon was a thirteen-year-old who accompanied his father to the battles of Lexington and Concord, and who served in the Continental army in engagements in and around New York until 1780, after which he returned home to build a house in Framingham. The copybook appears to have started by another musician, Joseph Long, and to have come into Nixon’s possession.

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Printed sources: Mattson & Walz (Old Fort Snelling... Fife), 1974; p. 63.

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