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X:1 T:Kiss My Lady [3] M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Quick Step S: Seth Johnson – Woburn Fife Manuscript (c. 1807-40?, p. 37) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G D|GG/G/ GB|AA/A/ Ac|B/c/d/e/ d/c/B/A/|G/F/G/A/ G/F/E/D/|GG/G/ GB|AA/A/ Ac| B/c/d/B/ e/c/A/F/|GG/G/ G:||:.G.d B.d/z/|Ge c e/z/|Ac A c/z/|Ad Bd|Gg d B/z/| ce c A z/|B/c/d/B/ e/c/A/F/|GG/G/ G:||:d3 B/c/|dd dB|c3 A/c/| BB BG|(GF) FA|(BG) G/B/d/g/|ed cB|B2 A:||:B|cc cA|BB BG| cc cA|BB BG|ee ec|dg ec|B/d/B/G/ A/c/A/F/|GG/G/ G:|]

KISS MY LADY [3]. AKA - "Old Kiss My Lady." English, American, Scottish; Quick Step (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The melody appears in the turn of the 19th century music manuscript collection of John Buttery, a fifer with the British army who was originally from Lincolnshire. He survived more than twenty years service to return home, but later in life emigrated to Ontario, Canada, bringing his music manuscript with him. Buttery gave the title "Kiss My Lady--A Quick Step." The march is also contained in the Woburn (Mass.) Fife Manuscript, a ms. collection inscribed with the the name Seth Johnson and "Woburn. April 20th day, 1807. I Bought this Book, 5:3." Entries were made between 1807 and as late as 1840. Versions can also be found in the copybooks of American German flute player R.B. Washburn (c. 1816), J. Williams (1799, Salem, N.Y.), and Thomas Molyneaux, a flute-playing ensign in the 6th Regiment in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Molyneaux titled the piece "Chaplain's March" but gave "Kiss My Lady a Quick Step" as an alternate title. The tune and title were also entered in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter (1774-1861), a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England. "L's Favourite" is the name of the tune in the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of flute player William Killey of Jurby, Isle of Man (No. 39).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 287, p. 105 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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