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X:1 T:Moston Rush-Cart Morris Tune, T:My Love, My Love C: The Traditional Tune Archive M:6/8 L:1/8 K:G GBd d2B|c2A B2G|GBd d2B|1 cAF G2z:|2 cAF G2|| B|BAB cBc|AGA B3|G>AG GBd|dcB A3| BAB cBc|AGA B3|GBd d2B|cAF G3||

MY LOVE, MY LOVE. English, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was played for morris dancing at the Rush-Cart ceremony at Moston (near Manchester), England, c. 1850-1860. Gilchrist noted some similarities of music and title with the ancient carol "Tommorow Shall be My Dancing Day" ("in Sandys' collection")..."with its 'My love, my love' refrain, which opens up an interesting question of its original connection with the Dance of Jesus." It was also printed in her article "The Lancashire Rush-Cart and Morris-Dance"[1]. The tune, according to Gilchrist, was the vehicle "of an absurd north-country rhyme":

Did you see my love, my love, my love,
Did you see my love looking for me?
He wears a blue bonnet, a feather upon it,
A hump on his back, and is blind of an e'e.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "The following tune is taken from Miss A.G. Gilchrist's Manuscript Collection, and was noted and sent to her by Mr. Smith Williamson, bandmaster of Moston, W. Manchester, in 1907" [Kidson & Neal].

Printed sources : - Kidson & Neal (English Folksong and Dance), 1915; pp. 116-117.

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  1. Journal of the English Folk Dance Society, No. 1, 1927, p. 24