Annotation:Who Will Dandle My Mary?

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X:1 T:Who will dandle my Mary T:Co a ni mire ri Màiri M:9/8 L:1/8 S:Fraser Collection (1816, No. 175) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G G>AB BGB BGd|G>AB BGB (d2e)|G>AB BGB BGd|B<AG GDG (A2B):| g>fe dec Bcd|g>fe dec (B2d)|g>fe dec Bcd|B<AG GDG (A2B)| g>fe dec Bcd|g>fe dec (B2d)|gba gfe dcB|B<AG GDG (A2B)||

WHO WILL DANDLE MY MARY? (Co a ni mire ri Mairi). Scottish, Slow Air (9/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. This tune "is a tender lullaby or baby-song, to which Mrs. Fraser of Bruiach, formerly mentioned, composed admirable verses, while dandling her daughter, the present Mrs. Nicholson of Inverness. There are, however, other words more ancient. The mention of its being a 'baby-song' will lead the poet into the train of ideas suited to it" (Fraser).

The first strain of "Who will dandle Mary" is very similar to "Drops of Brandy (1)," save for the cadence.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816/1874; No. 175, p. 71.

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