Well done cries she brave Donnelly

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WELL DONE, CRIES SHE, BRAVE DONNELLY. Irish, Air (6/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The air may accompany a song in praise of Irish boxer Dan Donnelly, who defeated the English Champion, George Cooper, on the Curragh of Kildare in November, 1815. Alternatively, it may accompany a version of the bawdy song "Donnelly," one of whose stanzas goes:

There was a jolly knacker and he had a jolly ass,
And he stuffed his box of pepper up the jolly asses arse.
Oh then, “Brave done Donnelly, good enough,” says she,
Oh then, “Well done Donnelly, and you're my man,” says she.

The song is a variant of large "Jolly Tinker" song family, which appears as early as 1616 in a collection entitled Merry Drollery, as "Roome for a Jovial Tinker or Old Brass to Mend."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 316, p. 79.

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