Lady Cassilis' Lilt
X:1 T:Lady Cassilles Lilt M:4/4 L:1/8 B:The Skene Manuscript (c. 1615-20, p. 236) N:Set for the mandore K:Fmix [F,2F2]D2F2G2|[B,4B4]B4|[G,2G2]F2G2B2|[F,4c4]c4|[F,2F2]D2F2G2|[B,2B2]c2d2 cB|[F,2G2]G2[F,4F4]| [C2c2]B2c2d2|[F4f4]f4|[D6d6]cB|[G,8G8]|[C2c2]B2c2d2|[F4f4]f4|[D6d6]cB|[C8c8]| c2B2c2d2|[F4f4]f4|d6 cB|[F8f8]|[C4c4]d4|[B,4B4]c4|[G,4G4]B4|[F,8F8]||
LADY CASSILIS'/CALLILLES LILT. AKA and see "Johnnie Faa," "Johnny Faa," "Johnny Faa the Gypsy Laddie," "Wae’s Me for Prince Charlie." Scottish, Air (4/4 time). F Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The melody is contained in the Scottish Skene Collection, a book for the mandore, c. 1615-1620 (p. 236). Robin Williamson notes that Lady Cassilis famously eloped with a handsome gypsy, which act was immortalized in a much-diseminated and popular ballad family under such names as 'Johnie Faa,' 'The Raggle Taggle Gypsies ,' and (in America) 'Black Jack David.' He relates there is some doubt as to the event's historical accuracy, but that even the earliest versions agree as to her name. The melody became the basis for a host of popular ballads of various sorts, including Cazden's (et al, 1982) Catskill Mountain (New York) collected "The Ship's Carpenter," several Child ballads and many others, including American shape-note hymns.