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X:1 T:Lord Byron’s Maggot M:6/4 L:1/8 N:”Longways for as many as will.” B:John Walsh – Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth B: (London, 1740, No. 117) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A2|A2F2A2 A2F2A2|A2F2A2 A4d2|d2A2d2 d2A2d2| d2A2d2 d4d2|f2g2a2 e2f2g2|f2g2a2 e2f2g2| f2g2a2 a4^g2|(a6 a4)||a2|f2d2d2g2e2e2| f2d2d2 g2e2e2|f2d2d2 g3a (gf)|(e6 e4) fg|a4z2 g4z2| f4z2 e4z2|f4z2g4z2|f4z2e4a2|fg a2d2 e2A2a2| fg a2 d2e2A2a2|f3e d2e2e4|(f6f4)||

LORD BYRON'S MAGGOT. AKA - "Lord Biron's Maggot." AKA and see "My Lord Byron's Maggot." English, Air and Country Dance Tune (6/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part: AB (Offord). The tune was the vehicle for songs in The Grub Street Opera (1731), The Genuine Grub Street Opera (1731), The Welsh Opera, or the Grey Mare the Better Horse (1731), Calista (1731) and The Mad Captain (1733). Country dance versions were printed in Walsh & Hare's The Compleat Country Dancing Master (1718) and later editions of 1731 and 1754. Sixteenth and seventeenth century country dance tunes sometimes had the word "maggot" in their titles, perhaps derived from Italian Maggiolatta or Italian May song, but used in England to mean a whim, fancy, plaything, 'trifle'--essentially an 'earworm'.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Offord (John of the Green: Ye Cheshire Way), 1985; p. 83. Walsh (Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth), London, 1740; No. 117.

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