Welcome Home My Dearie (1)
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WELCOME HOME MY DEARIE . AKA - "You've Been Long Away Welcome Home My Dearie." AKA and see "Lang Stayed Away," "Lang Stay'd Away," "Nine Nights Awa," "Nine Nights Away/Awa, Welcome Home My Dearie." Scottish, English; Old Hornpipe (3/2 or 3/4 time). England, Northumberland. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Vickers): AABB (Johnson). Johnson (1964) thinks the tune dates from the late 17th century. Later it was published in Neil Stewart's 1761 collection. It was entered into the manuscript collection of Scottish musician James Gillesoipe ('Gillespie Manuscript of Perth, 1768). There are words associated with the tune from which are taken the title:
You've been long away. Welcome home my Dearie.
Source for notated version: Stewart's A Collection of Reels, p. 9 [Johnson].
Printed sources: Johnson (Scottish Fiddle Music in the 18th Century), 1984; No. 77, p. 226.