My Lodging is on the Cold Cold Ground
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The air was entered into the 1840 music manuscript collection of multi-instrumentalist John Rook of Waverton, Cumbria. American musician M.E. Eames also included it in his 1859 copybook (p. 74), set in the key of 'D' major. "My Lodging's..." was played as a Tattoo during the American Civil War, signalling bed-time and "lights out" in the military camp.
Although the origins of the melody appear to have an English provenance, the melody has, since the late 18th and 19th centuries, been associated with Irish balladry. Irish songwriter Thomas Moore’s  (1779-1852) song, “The Sunflower,” is set to this air (as is his "Believe me if all those endearing young charms"). See also note for "Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms" for more.
- John Downes, Roscius Anglicanus, or, An Historical Review of the Stage, London, 1708, p. 24.