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PUNCHINELLO . 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.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 156.