Kitty's Complaint (1)

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KITTY'S COMPLAINT. AKA - "Katie's Complaint," "Ketty's Complaint." Scottish, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB & Jig AABB. The composition was claimed by James Oswald in the index to the Caledonian Pocket Companion. A piece of doggeral appeared in The Covent Garden Magazine; Or, the Amorous Repository: Calculated solely for the Entertainment of the Polite World, and the Finishing of a Young Gentleman's Education, vol. 1 (1772, p. 36) which may or may not be related to the air printed by Oswald c. 1760:

When Kitty complain'd of her husband one day,
Because he could ne'er give her joy--in her way,
Young Manser advis'd her, impell'd by compassion,
To make him a cuckold, as horns were in fashion.
She lik'd the advice, and reply'd with much ease,
I wish Sir I could, but you may, if you please.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 5), 1760; p. 15.

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