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LUBBER'S HOLE. AKA and see "Tower Lane." English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title appears unique to London publisher Charles and Samuel Thompson's 1765 publication. A "lubber's hole" is a nautical term referring to the space between the head of a lower mast and the edge of the top, so-called because it was considered the safer way of ascending for inexperienced or novice seamen. No self-respecting hand would use the lubber's hole when aloft. The term was also applied to any evasion of duty, or a lazy or cowardly way of accomplishing a task.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2), 1765; No. 17.

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