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X:1 T:Spirit of New Orleans M:2/4 L:1/8 B:Ira Ford – Traditional Music in America (1940, p. 68) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:C (3G/A,/B,/|CD/E/ F/G/A/B/|c/d/c/B/ cd/e/|f/g/a/g/ f/e/d/c/ |B/c/d/B/ GE/D/| CD/E/ F/G/A/B/|c/d/c/B/ cd/e/|f/e/d/c/ B/c/d/B/|[Ec][Ec][Ec]:| |:g/e/|cc B/c/d/B/|c/B/c/d/ ca/e/|dd d/e/d/c/ |B/c/d/B/ G>E| F<d d>F|E<c cG/E/|FG/A/ B/c/d/B/ |[Ec][Ec][Ec]:| |:E/F/|G/F/E/F/ GG|F/E/D/E/ FF|E/C/E/G/ c/G/E/C/|D/C/D/E/ DE/D/| Cc Ge|cg gf/e/|ddc/ B/c/d/B/ |c/B/c/d/ c:| |:e/f/|g/f/g/a/ gg/f/|e/f/e/d/ cd/e/|f/e/f/g/ ff/e/|d/e/d/c/ Be/f/| g/f/g/a/ gg/f/|e/f/e/d/ cd/e/|f/g/f/e/ d/c/B/d/|[Ec]e [Ec]:| |:B/c/|dd/B/ Ge/f/|gg/e/ cd/e/|f/e/f/g/ a/g/f/e/|d/c/B/A/ G/A/B/c/| dd/B/ Ge/f/|gg/e/ cd/e/|f/g/f/e/ d/c/B/c/|[Ec]e [Ec]:|]

SPIRIT OF NEW ORLEANS. AKA and see "Spirit of Ireland (The)," "Spirits of France." American (?), Schottische or Reel. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDDEE. Coincidently (probably), the title is also the name of a famous passenger train, memorialized in the song popularized by folksinger Arlo Guthrie. Ford's melody is of unknown provenance and is generic enough to have come from Britain, Ireland, or elsewhere in North America. The second strain is cognate with the first strain of the Irish march "Spirit of Ireland (The)" printed in 1912 by Frank Roche, but the other parts differ. Elias Howe's "Spirits of France", a two-part tune, provides the second and third strains of "Spirit of New Orleans."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 68.

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