Hexhamshire Lass (The)

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HEXHAMSHIRE LASS, THE. AKA and see "Hey for the Buff and Blue." English, Air (3/2 time). England, Northumberland. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The title appears in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes ("The Northern Minstrel's Budget"), which he published c. 1800. The tune appears in the c. 1812 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician John Bell [1] (1783–1864) as "Hey for the Buff and Blue," the first line of the song "The Hexhamshire Lass."

Hey for the buff and the blue,
Hey for the cap and the feather,
Hey for the bonny lass true,
That lives in Hexhamshire.
Through by the Saiby Syke,
And over the mass and the mire,
I'll go to see my lass,
Who lives in Hexhamshire.

Researcher Matt Seattle finds that both lyrics and tune are related to the Scottish song "Aye Waukin O".

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; pp. 102–103.

Recorded sources:

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