Walk of the Twopenny Postman (The)
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WALK OF THE TWOPENNY POSTMAN, THE. AKA and see "Garryowen, "Mr. Walker the Twopenny Postman," "Twopenny Postman." English, Morris Dance Tune (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune is the famous Irish jig "Garryowen/Garry Owen," used as a vehicle for morris dancing collected from the Cotswold village of Fieldtown (Leafield), Oxfordshire. The tune is contained in the 1839 music manuscript collection of W.H. Giles, of Bampton, Oxfordshire. The source for the title is a comic song about a philanderer called "Mr. Walker, the Twopenny Postman," published in the Cruickshanks' Universal Songster, or Museum of Mirth, vol. 2 (1826) and similar songsters, set to the air "Garry Owen." It begins:
Very near the west-end, though I must not tell where,
A shoemaker married a maiden so fair;
Who, a month after wedlock, 'tis true I declare,
Fell in love with a twopenny postman!
Her person was thin, genteel, and tall,
Her carrotty hair did in ringlets fall;
And while her spousy worked hard at his stall,
She watched this twopenny postman.
He was just four feet six in height,
But a well made figure to the sight,
He walked like a beefeater, tall and upright,
Mr. Walker, the twopenny postman.
At the time the song was written there were two branches of the post office handling mail in London. The General post dealt with letters to and from all parts of the country, as a kind of clearing house, while letters originating from, or to be delivered, within the London area were dealt with through the office of the London Twopenny Post.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Bacon (The Morris Ring), 1974; p. 160.