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WATERMAN’S DANCE, THE. AKA and see "Country Sheep-Shearing (The)," “Old Spand Hornpipe.” English, “Old” or Triple Hornpipe (triple time). C Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The tune appears in Thomas Marsden’s c. 1697 publication under the title “Old Spand Hornpipe.” Thomas D'Urfey wrote a song called "The Country Sheep-Shearing" with "Waterman's Dance" as the indicated tune, published in Pills to Purge Melancholy (1719, ii 68). It begins:

Jenney and Molly, and Dolly,
When young Lambs were a Roaring;
Robin and Willey, and Harry,
Met all at a Sheep-Shearing:
Lately a Match was made,
Plump Jone of the Valley,
Simper'd till Grace was said,
With Roger the Jolly:
Hodg the brisk and strong,
Could well give her a Fairing;
Joan the fresh and Young,
The best at the Sheep-Shearing.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 1), 1854; p. 107. Offord (John of the Greeny Cheshire Way).

Recorded sources: Topic 12TS355, John Kirkpatrick & Sue Harris – “Shreds and Patches” (1977). Topic 473, John Kirkpatrick – “A Short History of John Kirkpatrick.”

See also listing at:
Hear John Kirkpatrick & Sue Harris's recording on youtube.com [1]

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