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GO, GEORGE, I CAN'T ENDURE YOU. English, Country Dance (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Knowles (1995) states that "Go, George, I Can't Endure You" is "usually associated with the Rossendale valley, but versions of it have been found in the Peak District." The tune appears in the c. 1830 music manuscript of James Nuttal. "Go, George, I Can't Endure You" was also the name of an air sung by Dorothy in Prince Hoare's two act play No Song, No Supper, which was set to a French aria.

Source for notated version: James Nuttal of Watter manuscript, c. 1830 (Rossendale area, north west England). Nuttal was one of the musical circle known as 'The Larks of Dean', who were involved in secular and sacred music [Pilling & Schofield].

Printed sources: Knowles (A Northern Lass), 1995; p. 31. Pilling & Schofield (Down Back o't' Shoddy), 1975.

Recorded sources: Folksound records, FSCD37, Band of the Rising Sun - "Setting it Right" (1996).




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