Annotation:Roving Sailor (2) (The)

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X:1 % T:Roving Sailor [2], The S:Levi Hall (Fayette County, Pa., 1944) M:4/4 L:1/8 B:Bayard - Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife (1981, No. 126) K:Ador e2e2 {B}d2B2|A2B2A2G2|B2e2d2B2|A2B2 d4| e2e2d2B2|{B}A2B2A2G2|A3B A2G2|B2 A2 A4|| |:ABAG F2D2|G2A2B2d2|efed B2G2|B2 A2 A4:|

ROVING SAILOR [2], THE. American, Reel or March (4/4 time). USA, southwestern Pa. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. The tune is used more for songs than dancing, states Bayard (1981), and in Ireland is joined to the ballad "William Taylor." In Pennsylvania it was a song and play-party tune, and was used as a dance tune by fiddlers. This ditty (with a 'floating' chorus) was sung to it:

Come, my little roving sailor,
Come, my little roving bee,
Come, my littl roving sailor,
Won't you ring around with me?

Granny will your dog bite? No, child, no, child,
Granny will your dog bite? No, child, no.

An alternative chorus was:

Little Betty Martin, tiptoe, tiptoe,
Little Betty Martin, tiptoe fine.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Levi Hall (Fayette County, Pa., 1944) [Bayard].

Printed sources : - Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 126, p. 69.

Recorded sources: -

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