Lasses of the Ferry

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X: 1 T: Lasses of the Ferry, The M: 4/4 L: 1/8 B: Hamilton's Universal Tunebook, Book 2 (1853) Z: Nigel Gatherer K: Gmaj K:G z | G2 G>B A>GA>B | G>ED>E A<A A2 |G2 G>B A>GA>B | G>ED>E G<G G :| d | d>eg>B A>GA>B | d>eg>B A<A A2 |d>eg>B A>GA>B | G>ED>E G<G G :|

LASSES/LASSIES OF THE FERRY. AKA and see "Hoch Hey Johnnie Lad," "Hech How Johnnie Lad," "Lads of Saltcoats (The)," "Reel (The)." Scottish, Reel (cut time). G Major (Manson): B Flat Major (Mackintosh): A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds the tune in Neil Stewart's 1761 Collection of the Newest and Best Reels or Country Dances (p. 33). It was later known as "Hech How Johnnie Lad", from poet Robert Burns' pairing of that famous lyric to the melody "Lasses of the Ferry." See also note for "Auld Lang Syne."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Robert Mackintosh (A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels), 1804; p. 5 (appears as "The Reel"). Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2), 1853; p. 70.

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