X:1 T:Shackley-Hay L:1/8 M:6/8 S:Skene Manuscrit (c. 1615-30) S:Chappell – Popular Music of the Olden Times Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb B|B2G A2B|c2B AGF|B3 G2E|FGA B2B| B2G A2B|c2B AGF|B3 G2E|FGA B2|| F|e2c d2B|c2A F2B|G2E F2D|E2F G2A| BAG F2d|cBc B2B|BAG F2d|cBc B2||
SHACKLEY-HAY. AKA - "Shackle de hay." English, Air (6/8 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The air appears in the Skene Manuscript of c. 1615-30. Chappell (1859) suggests the air derives its name from "A most excellent song of the love of young Palmus and faire Shelfra, with their unfortunate love," copies of which are in the Pepys Collection (i. 350) where it is directed to be sung "to the tune of Shackley-hay." It can also be found in other older ballad collections such as the Roxburghe and the Bagford. While the figure of 'The Hay' was frequently danced in country dances, points out Chappell, 'Shackley-hay' is the name of a place in the ballad. There are other old ballad songs as well that are directed to be sung to Shackley-hey," so it must have been commonly known in the 17th century.
Young Palmus was a Ferry-man, whom Sheldra faire did love,
At Shackley, where he sheep did graze, she there his thoughts did prove;
But he unkindly stole away, and left his love at Shackley-hey,
So sound at Shackley did she cry, the words resound at Shackley Hay.