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X:1 T:Sleepy Body M:6/8 L:1/8 B:Mulhollan - Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes (Edinburgh, 1804; p. 44) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A A|c2e caf|Te>dc Bcd|(c/d/e)f caf|{f}Te3 A2:| f/g/|a>gf edc|d(e/d/c/d/)B2 (f/g/)|a>gf e<ce|a3 e2 (f/g/)| a>gf edc|d(e/d/c/d/) {c}TB2A|(c/d/e)f caf|Tc3 A2|| |:A|c2e (c/e/f/g/a/f/)|e/f/e/d/c/d/ (Bcd)|(c/d/)ef (c/e/f/g/a/f/)|{f}Te3A2:| (f/g/)|a>gf ef/g/a/c/|d/f/e/d/c/d/ B>ef/g/|(a/b/a/)(g/a/f/) ec/d/e/c/|Ta3 e2 (f/g/)| (a/b/a/g/)a/f/ (e/d/e/)(c/d/e/)|(d/f/e/d/)c/d/ {c}T(B2A)|c/B/c/d/e/f/ caf|{f}e3A2||



SLEEPY BODY. Scottish, Air and Jig (6/8 time). F Major (Thomson): A Major (Mulhollan): G Major (Rook). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Thomson): AABCCD (Mulhollan, Rook). "Sleepy Body" is a song about sleeping next to a lover who snores. The words in Thomson's Orpheus Caledonius vol. 2 (1733) :

O Sleepy Body, drosy body,
Wiltuna waken and turn thee; ....wiltuna = 'wilt thou not?'
To drivel and draunt, while I sigh and gaunt ....draunt = 'to drone', gaunt = 'to yawn'
Gives me good reason to scorn thee.

When thou shouldst be kind,
Thou turns sleepy and blind,
And snoters and snores far frae me,
Wae light on they face,
The drowsy embrace,
Is enough to gar me betray thee.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Johnson (Scots Musical Museum, vol. IV), 1792; Song 390, p. 404. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 44. William Thomson (Orpheus Caledonius, vol. II), 1733; No. 50, p. 216.






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