Annotation:Liberty for the Sailors

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X:1 T:Liberty for the Sailors M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air S:John Bell (1783-1864) music manuscript collection (c. 1812) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D g|f2e f2e|dcd A2=c|BGB AFA|GEG F2D| f2e f2e|dcd A2=c|BAG F2D|E3 D2:| |:F|DFA AFD|DFA B2A|Ace ecA|Ace f2g| afd BdB|ecA ABc|dBG F2D|E3 D2:|]

LIBERTY FOR THE SAILORS. AKA and see "Kingsbridge Assembly." English, Air (6/8 time). England, Northumberland. D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Liberty for the Sailors" is a song set to an older country dance tune called "Kingsbridge Assembly," printed in London by the Thompsons around 1780. The song "Liberty for the Sailors" (air and lyric) can be found in the c. 1812 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician John Bell [1] (1783-1864). Bruce & Stokoe include this tune amongst several press-gang songs -- see note for "Annotation:Captain Bover."

Lasses, call your lads ashore, (x3)
There's liberty for the sailors.

"Liberty and money free, (x3)
There's liberty for the sailors.

Lety the Lubbers lie aboard, (x3)
Because the are no sailors. ... (John Bell).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; p. 127.

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