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WHA LEARNED YOW TO DANCE AND TODDLE? AKA - "Who Learned You to Dance, Babbity Bowster {bolster}." AKA and see "Country Bumpkin." Scottish, Air or Country Dance Tune (4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. The tune, which Emmerson (1972) calls "one of the most common of Scottish tunes...yet on the lips of every Lowland child," first appears under this name in the Skene Manuscript (c. 1620). It was later collected from tradition, from girls playing on the streets of Glasgow, and printed with words beginning "Who learned you to dance, Babbity Bowster {bolster}, Babbity Bowster." The tune was associated with the cushion dance, an old kissing dance performed with a pillow (See notes for "Babbity Bowster" and "Cushion Dance (1) (The)").

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 2, pp. 16 17. Dauney (Ancient Scottish Melodies), 1838; No. 51, p. 237.

Recorded sources: Flying Fish, Robin Williamson - "Legacy of the Scottish Harpers, vol. 2."




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