Annotation:Maggy's Weame is Fu I Trow

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X:1 T:Maggy's Wame is fu I true T:Maggy's Weame is Fu I Trow M:C| L:1/8 S:Aird - Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs vol. II (1785) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D B | ADFD ADFB | ADFA E/E/E GB | ADFD ABde | g>dg>e d/d/d d :| |: A | defd geaf | gefd e/e/e eB | defd eBdA | BAdF D/D/D D :|]

MAGGY'S WEAM(E) IS FU I TROW. AKA and see "Duncan Davidson," "Gentle Ann," "Handy Andy's Highland Fling," "Ye'll Aye be Welcome Back Again." Scottish, Country Dance Tune (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A mildly risqué (or just observational) title from the early 18th century; wame= womb, with the phrase meaning 'Maggie is pregnant, I believe'. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in print in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection (p. 85). It appears in Glasgow publisher James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 2 (1785), and in London publishers R. Bride's Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1770 (p. 69) and Longman and Broderip's Compleat Collection of 200 Favorite Country Dances (1781, p. 69). John Buttery, a fife player for the 37th Regiment (British), included the tune twice in his large turn-of-the-19th-century music manuscript (AKA - John Fife ms.); the first time as "Mageys Wume. A Reel", and later as "Maggy's Wame Is Fu & True."

The first stain of the tune is a fairly common fiddle tune motif both melodically and harmonically, although this is an early example.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Aird (Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), vol. II, 1785; No. 11, p. 4. Bremner (Scots Reels), c. 1757; p. 85. Wilson (Companion to the Ballroom), 1840; p. 55.

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