X:1 % T:Rowling Bet, aka. RH.090 R:Jig B:Rev.R.Harrison's MS,c1815,Cumbria N:This version is just missing the vital note. O:England A:Temple Sowerby,Cumbria Z:vmp.Simon Wilson. Review PJH, 2008. M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:3/8=120 F:http://www.cpartington.plus.com/Links/HarrisonRev/Harrison(12-4-16).abc K:G |:D|GAB BcA|AGG G2G|EGA ABF|AGG G2D| GAB BcA|AGG G2G|FGA ABF|AGG G2:| |:g|fga afc|cBc d2g|gfg afc|cBc d2g| gfg gfg|efg gfe|dBd cAF|AGG G2:|]
ROWLING BET. English, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is contained in the 19th century music manuscripts of Joseph Kershaw, Rev. H. Harrison and Eliza Tennyson all from North West England. Kershaw was a fiddle player who lived in the remote area of Slackcote, Saddleworth, who compiled his manuscript from 1820 onwards, according to Jamie Knowles. Knowles notes that the tune was “probably associated" with the old Nursery Rhyme
There was an old woman and what do you think?
She lived upon nothing but victuals and drink.
Victuals and drink were the chief of her diet;
And yet this old woman could never be quiet.
The tune printed to the right with the words and the manuscript versions are similar.