My Boy Tammie

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X:1 T:My Boy Tammy M:C L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Slowly" B:Davie's Caledonian Repository (Aberdeen, 1829-30, p. 8) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Dmin F|(D>E)(F>G) (A>=B) c2|(G>A)(G>F) (EC2)E|(D>E)(F>G) (A>=B) c2| (A<f)(e>d) (Ad2)||A|(d>e)(f>d) (c>B) A2|(F>A)(c>A) (G>E) C2| (d>f)(e>f) (d>c)(A>G)|(F>G)(A>G) (FD2)A|(d>e)(f>d) (c>B) A2| (F>A)(c>A) (G>E) C2|(d>f)(e>f) !fermata!d2{A}!fermata!A2|~(F>G)(A>E) (FD2)||



MY BOY TAMMIE/TAMMY. AKA - "Lammie (The)." Scottish, Air or Highland Schottische. D Dorian (Davie, Hardings, Johnson): E Dorian/Minor (Kerr). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA (Harding, Johnson): AB (Davie): AABB (Kerr). "My Boy Tammy" is a 18th century poem and song that appears in numerous anthologies, including James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum (1803) and David Herd's Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs, vol. 2 (1776, where is appears as "The Lammie"). The lyric is credited to Hector MacNeill (1746-1818), a prolific author now almost forgotten, and "The Lammie" is his most frequently cited work. Bayard states this tune is a variation of "Muirland Willie" (and suggests that it should also be compared with "Kitty Alone"), while Glen asserts "My Boy Tammie" is derivative of that same tune. The lyric is the precursor of the more familiar "Billy Boy" ("Where have you gone, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?").

The song begins:

Whar hae ye been a' day, my boy Tammy?
Whar hae ye been a' day, my boy Tammy?
I've been by burn and flowery brae,
Meadow green and mountain grey,
Courting o' this young thing just come frae her Mammy.



Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Davie (Davie's Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 8. Hardings All-Round Collection, 1905; No. 139, p. 44. Johnson (Scots Musical Museum, vol. VI), 1803; No. 502, p. 518. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880’s; No. 205, p. 24.

Recorded sources: -



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