Oh If Jocky Would but Steal Me

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X:1 T:O if Jockey wou’d but steal me N:William Christie (1778-1849) was a dancing master, fiddler N:and composer from Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire. N:”Old” M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Christie - Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, B:Waltzes &c. (Edinburgh, 1820, p. 8) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G c|:(B/c/d) d>e gdec|(B/c/d) ~d>e =fcAc|(B/c/d) d>e Tgage|=fgfc AFAc|| TB>G G/G/G G>BA>c|B>G G/G/G c=FAc|B>G G/G/G Td>edB|c>dTc>B A=FAc| B>G G/G/G G>BA>c|B>G G/G/G c=FAc|BGBc dgdB|c=fcB A=FAc||



OH, IF JOCKY WOULD BUT STEAL ME. AKA - "O Gin Jocky Wad but Steal Me." Scottish, Air or Reel (4/4 or cut time). G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Howe): ABB (Köhler). The words, printed in Robert Ford's Vagabond Songs and Ballads of Scotland (1901, p. 98) begin:

Bonnie Katie sittin' spinnin',
At her wheelie thus was singin'--
I would shortly burn my wheelie,
Jocky, lad, gin ye wad steal me.

Chorus:
O gin Jocky wad but steal me,
O gin Jocky wad but steal me;
I wad shortly burn my wheelie,
Jocky, lad, gin ye wad steal me.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Christie (Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, Waltzes &c.), Edinburgh, 1820; p. 8. Howe (Caledonia Collection) 1860; p. 47. Howe (Musician's Omnibus, No. 2), 1864; p. 111. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867, p. 121. Laybourn (Köhler's Violin Repository, vol. 2), 1881–1885; p. 159.






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