Goodnight and Joy Be with Ye A'

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GOOD NIGHT AND JOY BE WITH YE A'. AKA and see "Parting Glass (The)," "Good Night and God be with Ye," "Good Night All Round," "Sweet Cootehill Town," "Peacock (1) (The)," "Burn's Farewell (to Ayrshire)." Scottish (originally), English, Irish; Air (4/4 time) or Reel; New England, Polka. C Major (Gow): G Major (Kerr, Miller & Perron): D Major (Kennedy, Raven). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Gow): AABB (Kerr, Miller & Perron). "This tune is played at the conclusion of every Convivial Dancing Meeting Throughout Scotland" (Gow). A prototypical melody appears in Henry Playford's 1700 collection of Scottish dance tunes under the title "Good Night and God Be With You," but its earliest appearance is in the Skene Manuscript from 1615-20. The tune was used for a variety of songs over the centuries, but the present title comes from Robert Burns' lyrics.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 586. Gow (Complete Repository), Part 2, 1802; p. 38. Kennedy (Fiddlers Tune Book), vol. 2, 1954; p. 24. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 1; No. 10, p. 26. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 1978; No. 32. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 146.

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