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X:1 T:Jump at the Sun C:John Kirkpatrick, World Copyright (c) Squeezer Music [1] B:Opus Pocus - The John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris Tune Book R:Jig M:6/8 L:1/8 K:Gm GBd ^c2 d | GBd ^c2 d | gdd gdd | dcB A3 | GBd ^c2 d | GBd ^c2 d | gdd edc | BcA G3 :| |: gdd bag | add c'ba | bag bag | a^fd e2 d | gdd bag | add c'ba | gdd edc | BcA G3 :|

JUMP AT THE SUN. English, Jig (6/8 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Jump at the Sun" is a distinctive jig composed in the early 1970's by English melodeon player John Kirkpatrick [2] of Shropshire, England. Kirkpatrick communicated to Susan Songer (1997) that he later heard the opening four notes in the dream sequence of Walt Disney's Dumbo, though he denies a conscious connection. The tune was very popular in Australia and New Zealand after an influential recording of it by the band The Bushwackers. It has also been played by bluegrass musicians and Irish traditional musicians.

The tune has been called "John Patterson" in France and Québec.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 77 (appears as "Look Both Ways", the name of a dance by Rich Jackson set to the tune). Kirkpatrick & Harris (Opus Pocus), 1988. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 116.

Recorded sources : - Trailer LER 2033, John Kirkpatrick – "Jump at the Sun" (1972). Wild Asparagus – "In Season" (1985). Cathy Custy (appears as "The South of France" and listed as 'traditional').

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