Annotation:Let that stand there (1)

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X:1 T:Let that stand there [1] M:C L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:James Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3 (Glasgow, 1788, No, 450, p. 175) N:”Humbly dedicated to the Volunteers and Defensive Bands of Great Britain and Ireland” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D (B/c/)|dABG AFDE|FGAB =c3 B/^c/|dABG AFDD|dfec d3:| |:A|dfed =cBAG|FGAB =c3 B/c/|dABG AFDD|dfec d3A| dfed =cBAG|FGAB =c3 B/c/|dB/d/ cA/c/ BG/B/ AF/D/|dfec d3:|]

LET THAT STAND THERE [1]. Scottish, Country Dance Tune (whole time). D Mixolydian/Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Aird's tune was also entered into the 1840 music copybook collection of musician John Rook, of Waverton, Cumbria. A different tune (in 3/4 time) with the same title appears in Carr's Caledonian Muse (Philadelphia, 1788) and in Aitken's Scots Musical Museum (Philadelphia, 1797), and another, different, duple-time "Let that stand there (2)" was printed by William Christie (1820). All may have been related as vehicles for the bawdy song "Bob and his Landlady: or the Young Soldier's Frolick", dating to at least the first decade of the 19th century. The first two stanzas go:

Upon the march it was my lot
A billet for to share,
Unto an inn, which made me grin,
To see my dame so fair:
My landlord he prov'd kind to me,
And I got quarters there;
And it's true I kiss'd my landlady,
Let that stand there,
Let that stand there.
Tis true I kiss'd my landlady,
Let that stand there.

Our lousy landlord blam'd me,
For doing of this deed,
Because I did relieve his wife,
When in time of need:
Being a petty constable,
For him I do not care:
It's true I kiss'd his pretty wife,
Let that stand there, etc.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3), 1788; No. 450, p. 175.

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