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X:1 T:Lady, Lie Near Me M:3/4 L:1/8 S:Chappell - Popular Music of the Olden Times (1859) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D FG A2F2 | E2F2D2 | B2A2d2 | B4A2 :| d3e fe | d2d2A2 | d2d2e2 | f4e2 | f2f2e2 | d3e f2 | A2F4 | E4 D2 ||



LADY LIE NEAR ME. AKA - "Green Garter (1)," "Ladie lie near me." English, Country Dance Tune (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The air is published in John Playford's English Dancing Master [1] (1651, p. 92), however, the original song that the dance tune is based on is not known. Playford retained the tune under this title in the long-running Dancing Master series, through the eighth edition of 1690.

Researcher Anne Gilchrist remarks:

A prettier song than the dialogue in Ritson's North Country Chorister is given as the "old words" in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum (No. 218), It begins:

Lang hae we parted been,
Lassie, my dearie.

but the tune is different from that in Playford, though of similar character. Burns wrote a new version for the Museum, beginning "Hark the loud

tempest shakes earth to its center" [1].


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 51, p. 27. Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 1, 1859; p. 319. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 46.






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  1. Anne G. Gilchrist, "Some Additional Notes on the Traditional History of Certain Ballad-Tunes in the Dancing Master", Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 3, No. 4, Dec., 1939, p. 279).