Polly Hopkins Waltz

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X: 10372 T: POLLY HOPKINS C: %R: waltz, mazurka B: Elias Howe "The Musician's Companion" Part 1 1842 p.37 #2 S: http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Musician's_Companion_(Howe,_Elias) Z: 2015 John Chambers <jc:trillian.mit.edu> M: 3/4 L: 1/8 K: D % - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - z2 |\ D>DF>FA>A | (f2d2)(3(dcd) | (e2g2)(3(cBc) | d2f2z2 |\ D>DF>FA>A | (f2d2)(3(dcd) | (e2g2)(3(cBc) | d4 :| |: (3(dcd) |\ (e2g2)(3(cBc) | (d2f2)(3(dcd) | (e2g2)(3(cBc) | (d2f2)z2 |\ D>DF>FA>A | (f2d2)(3(dcd) | (e2g2)(3(cBc) | d4 :| % - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -



POLLY HOPKINS WALTZ. American, English; Air, Waltz, Mazurka. D Major (Kerr, Howe/Diamond): C Major (Howe/Accordeon). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Polly Hopkins" was a song and dance tune very popular in the pre-Victorian and Victorian area. As a waltz it was a staple of Boston music publisher Elias Howe's publications. A song from an c. 1820’s broadside printed in York goes:

The other morn I met with Polly Hopkins,
How do you do, how do you do,
None the better Mr. Tomkins
For seeing you, for seeing you.
With all my wealty -Be quiet pray
A man of health -do get away,
Oh! cruel pretty Polly Hopkins,
Don't tell me so, don't tell me so,
Oh! silly, silly Mr. Tomkins,
To use me so, to use me so.
Fal, lal, lal, &c.

Baltimore publisher George Willig printed a variant [1] of the comic song under the title “Polly Hopkins & Tommy Tompkins” in 1827, a duet “as sung by the Miss Gillinghams.” Words and music are credited variously to John Paddon (1827) or Douglas Jimerson, but they seem to have been arrangers of a anonymous broadside ballad. It begins:

TOMMY: Pretty, pretty Polly Hopkins, how d'ye do? how d'ye do?
POLLY: None the better Tommy Tompkins for seeing you, for seeing you.
TOMMY: I'm a man of wealth.
POLLY: Be quiet pray.
TOMMY: Take all my pelf.
POLLY: Pray get away.
TOMMY: Oh cruel, cruel Polly Hopkins to treat me so, to treat me so.
POLLY: Oh cruel Tommy Tomkins to tease me so, to tease me so.

Shropshire musician John Moore entered a version of the melody as "Tyrolese Waltz" in Book 2 (p. 69) of his c. 1837-40 music manuscript collection.


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Printed sources : - Burt (Cornhuskers Book Of Old Time Fiddlin' Tunes), 1938. Howe (The Musician's Companion, Part 1), 1842; p. 37. Howe (Complete Preceptor for the Accordeon), 1843; p. 20. Howe (Diamond School for the Violin), c. 1861. Jarmen & Hansen (Old Time Dance Tunes), New York, 1951. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 13, p. 51.






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