MY JOCKEY. AKA and see "My Jockey is gang'd far away," "My Jockey is gang'd far away o'er the plain." English, Air (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The song. written by James Hook (1746-1827), was published in the latter 18th century on songsheets and in several song collections and songsters, such as Calliope (1788, Song 96), The Delicate Songster, Or Ladies Vocal Repository (1795), and Vocal Music, or the Songster's Companion (1775, pp. 4-6). The lyric begins:
My laddie is gang'd far away o'er the plain,
While in sorrow behind I am forc'd to remain,
Tho' blue bells and violets the hedges adorn,
Tho' trees are in bloſſom and ſweet blows the thorn,
No pleaſure they give me, in vain they look gay,
There's nothing can pleaſe me now Jockey's away.
Multi-instrumentalist John Rook, of Waverly, Cumbria, included the air in his large 1840 music manuscript collection, and also entered a untitled march setting of the same tune.
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