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X:1 T:Place true Love thine arm around me T:Cuir a chion dìlis tharam do lamh M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Slow Air S:Fraser Collection (1816) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G A|B2~d e2f|g>b/a/g/ f2e|dBg f2e|^d>Be E2 E/F/| G>A/B/c/ d>^cd|e>f/g/a/ f2 e|dBA/G/ B2 A/F/|G>AF E2:| |:e|g2~a b2c'|bag fed|g>fg a>^ga|b^ab B2 g/a/| bc'/b/a/g/ ab/a/g/f/|e/d/c/B/g f2e|dBA/G/ B2 A/F/|G>AF E2:| L:1/16 |:e2|e3B ze eB3 ef|g4bg f4e2|d2B2de/f/ g4f2|e3^de2 E4 EF| GFGABc (3ded (3cdc B2|egfaga b4 zb/e/|edcBAG A3B/c/ B/c/^d/e/|G3AF2 E4:| |:e>f|g2E2g2 a2F2a2|b2G2b2 a2g2f2|eBgBaB bagfe^d|e2E2E2 E^DEFGA| Bbagfe dgfedc|BAGABg f4b2|e2B2AG B4 AF|G3AF2 E4:|

PLACE, TRUE LOVE, THINE ARM AROUND ME (Cuir a choin dìlis tharam do lamb). Scottish, Slow Air (6/8 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. A Gaelic air. This tune "reports the intention of an individual, seemingly long absent, to return to the braes of Lochiel, where he could enjoy the pleasure of the chase in perfection. The circumstances of the times banished so many from their native country, that it is difficult to trace the illusion" (Fraser). Stenhouse (in notes to The Scottish Musical Museum) remarks that Fraser's tune is a 'new set' of an older tune called "Auld Jew (The)," printed in Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion (1742), although Stenhouse sniffs: "but [Oswald] has corrupted the melody in several bars with spurious interpolations, in attempting to embellish it." He is similarly merciless with Fraser's attempt to update the old air:

It consists of no less than four strains, and the two last are so very florid, that Highland lasses, with organs even more flexible than those of a Billington or a Catalani, would find it a very difficult, if not an impossible matter, to sing it with any good effect. That is is not only a modern, but likewise a very clumsy fabrication, and quite foreign to the nature of vocal composition...The Scots have often been sneered by their Southern neighbours, for their credulity in matters of tradition; and it is much to be regretted, that attempts of this description should ever afford them a handle for such sarcastic ebullitions.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Davidson (Gems/Collection of Scottish Melody), 1860; p. 21. Fraser (Airs and Melodies), 1816; No. 112, p. 44. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune-Book, vol. 1), 1844; p. 81.

Recorded sources : - Greentrax Recordings CDTRAX187, Jonnie Hardie - "The Captain's Collection" (1999).

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