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X:1 T:Punchinello [2] M:6/4 L:1/8 R:Air B:Watts Musical Miscellany, vol. 6 (1731, p. 60) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Gmin G4 G2 G4g2|f4 e2 d4e2|f3g f2 d2c2B2|A6 F6| f3e d2 e3d c2|d3c B2 A4c2|B2A2G2 A2 G2^F2|G6 G6|| A2|B3c B2 d2B2G2|B4 B2 d2 B2G2|B3c B2d2d2g2|^f6 d4|| A2|A3B c2 c3d c2|f4c2 A4F2|B4d2 d3=ef2|g4f2=e4c2| f4f2 f2e2d2|c4B2 A4^f2|g4d2 d2c2B2|A6 G4||

PUNCHINELLO [2]. English, Air (6/4 or 6/8 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. The air appears in John Watts' Musical Miscellany, vol. 6 (London, 1731) as the vehicle for a song called "Punchinello." The words begin:

Trade's awry, and so am I,
As well as some folks that are greater;
But by the peace we at present enjoy,
We hope to be richer and straighter.
Brib'ry must be laid aside,
To somebody's mortification;
He that is guilty, O! let him be try'd,
And expos'd for a rogue to the nation.

I'm that little fellow called Punchinello,
Much beauty I carry about me;
I'm witty, and pretty, and come to delight you,
You cannot be merry without me.

My cap it is like to a Sugar Loaf,
And round my collar I wear a ruff,
I'd strip and show you my shapes in buff,
But fear the ladies wou'd flout me.

The song was also issued on 18th century broadsides.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Elias Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), Boston, c. 1867; p. 156.

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