Will You Take a Flutter?

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WILL YOU TAKE A FLUTTER? Irish, Hornpipe, Air. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was employed by Alfred Perceval Graves (1846-1931) as the air for his popular song "Trottin' to the Fair," published in "Irish Poems of Alfred Perceval Graves" in his book Countryside Songs, and Songs and Ballads (1908). It begins:

Trottin' to the fair,
Me and Molly Maloney,
Seated, I declare,
On a single pony.
How am I to know that
Molly's safe behind,
WIth our heads in, oh! that
Awkward way inclined?
By her gentle breathin'
Whisper'd past my ear,
And her white arms wreathin'
Warm around me here.

The melody was entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork uilleann piper and Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman [1].

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: R.M. Levey (First Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland), 1858; No. 76, p. 30.

Recorded sources:

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