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ORANGEMAN, THE. Irish, Air (6/8 time, "Mod.: spirited"). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "In the year 1852 when I was busy drawing up from memory, for Dr. Petrie, all the airs I could think of--and for that purpose commonly carried a bit of music paper in my waistcoat pocket--I woke up from the sleep one night whistling this fine air in a dream: an air which I had forgotten for years. Greatly delighted, I started up: a light, a pencil, and bit of paper and there was the first bar securely captured: the bird was, as it were caught and held by the tail. I have never seen this air written elsewhere, except in one Co. Limerick MS., where the setting however is inferior to mine. I give it here from ancient memory.

Oh didn't you hear of the glorious news
That happened at Ballyhooly:
Dan Tutty the gauger was caught and thrashed
By Paddy and Timothy Dooly. ..... [Joyce]

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 3, p. 4.

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