Good Fellow (2) (The)

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GOOD FELLOW [2], THE. English, Country Dance (6/4 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. In addition to its appearance in Daniel Wright's 1740 country dance collection (printed in London by John Johnson), the tune appears in John Walsh's Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master, 3rd Edition (London, 1735, p. 108, and in the subsequent edition of 1749, p. 108). A broadside ballad was set to the air, printed on early 17th century song sheets. A version in Thomas D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy (1707), under the title "The Town Gallant," goes:

Let us drink and be merry, dance, joke, and rejoice,
With claret and sherry, theorbo and voice;
The changeable world to our joy is unjust,"
All treasure's uncertain, the down with your dust:
In frolicks dispose of your pounds, shillings and pence,
For we shall be nothing one hundred years hence.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Wright (Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances), 1740; p. 73

Recorded sources:

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