Annotation:Willy's the lad for me

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X:1 T:Willy's the Lad for me M:C L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Slow" B:Oswald – Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 11 (1760, p. 127) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D D|(F<A)A2A2 (Bc)|d2 D>E F3A|A2 (dc) B2 (ed)|(cA)(E^G) A2:| |:e|(dc)(BA) e2 (EF)|(GA)(Bc) d3A|(F<D) D>E D3D|(F<A) A>B A3 (B/c/)| (dc)(BA) (GF)(ED)|d2 (c>d) d3::D|(F/G/)A AB d>efe|(f<B)(B<A) F3G| (Ae)(cB) (Af)(ed)|(cB)(A^G) A3::e|(dc)(BA) (gf)(ed)|(ge)(dc) d3a| (f/e/)d dd d2 D>E|(F/G/)A .A.A A3 (B/c/)|(d<B)(d<B) .A(FTED)|(d/e/)f Te>d d3:|]

WILLY'S THE LAD FOR ME. English, Air (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The song appears in The Muses Delight (1754) and numerous other songsters of mid- and latter-19th century. It was also printed on song sheets advertised as "sung at Vauxhall" (i.e. Vauxhall pleasure gardens). The words begin:

Since Jenny thinks mean her heart's love to deny,
And Peggy's uneasy when Harry's not by;
I will own, without blushing, were all the world by,
That Willy's the lad, the lad for me,
That Willy's the lad, the lad for me.

He brought me a wreath which his hand did compose,
Where the dale-loving lily was twin'd with the rose;
Young myrtle in sprigs did the border inclose;
And Willy's the lad, the lad for me,
And Willy's the lad, the lad for me.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 11), London, 1760; p. 127.

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