X:1 T:Stepney’s Rant M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:O’Farrell – Pocket Companion, vol. IV (1810) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D F/E/ | DFA def | ece dAF | GBG FAF | BGE E2F | DFA def | ece dAF | GBG FAF | DED D2 :| |: A | FGF FED | GBG GFE | FGF FED | BGE E2G | FGF FED | GBG GFE | GBG FAF | DFD D2 :|
STEPNEY'S RANT. AKA - "Stephney's Rant." AKA and see "Tell Her I Never." English? Irish?; Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. AABB. The first strain is shared with “Jackson's Fancy.” The provenance is probably Irish, but O'Farrell published tunes from Ireland, England and Scotland in his collection. Perhaps the title refers to the downscale taverns and pleasure gardens at Stepney (see more at "Stepney Cakes and Ale)."
In the latter 20th century the exact tune was published as "Tell Her I Never" in McGuire & Keegan's Irish Tunes by the 100 (1975, p. 9).