Annotation:You'll Never be Like My other Good Man

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X:1 T:You'll Never be Like My other Good Man M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:Joseph Crawhall pipe music manuscript collection (Northumberland, c. 1872) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D e|fed c2A|ded efg|fed c2A|BGB A3:| |:A|def efg|agf edc|def efg|aga A2A| def efg|agf edc|ded c2A|BGB A3:|]

YOU'LL NEVER BE LIKE MY OTHER GOOD MAN. English, Air and Jig (6/8 time). England, Northumberland. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Researcher and Northumbrian piper Matt Seattle posits this tune to be the air of a Scottish song called "And thou'lt ne'er be like my auld goodman," later published in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum vol. IV (No. 318). However, the song in the Museum is "Auld Goodman (The)" has a melody unrelated to Vickers. It was originally published by poet Thomas D'Urfey in his Tea Table Miscellany, and music was printed in Thomson's Orpheus Caledonius (1725). The song is a woman's blistering comparison of her new husband with her old one, and does contain the line "you'll never be like my other good man":

My heart, alake, is liken to break,
When I think of my winsome John:
His blinkan eye, and gate sae free,
Was naething like thee, thou dosend drone;
His rosie face, and flaxen hair,
And a skin as white as ony swan,
Was large and tall, and comely withall,
And thou't never be like my auld goodman.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - William Vickers music manuscript collection [1] (1770, Northumberland) [Seattle]

Printed sources : - Seattle (Great Northern Tune Book/William Vickers), 1987, Part 2; No. 231.

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