Young Roger was a Plowboy

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X:1 T:Young Roger was a Plowboy M:C L:1/8 R:Air and March Q:"With animation" S:Howe’s 1000 Jigs and Reels (c. 1867) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G (GF) | DGGG G2 =FG | A2 F>F F2 (Ac) | d2 de (=fd)cA | G2 G>G G2 || Bc | d>e dB c2 Bc | dedB c2 Bc | de=fd cAG^F | G2 FD D2 FD | G2 G>G (G>A) BG | A2 =F>F F2 (Ac) | d2 de (=fd)cA | G2 G2 G2 ||



YOUNG ROGER WAS A PLOWBOY. Irish, March (4/4 time). G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. O’Neill (1913) and Emmerson (1971) find the hornpipe "Roger was a Plowboy" was derived from this tune. Joyce unfortunately felt that the words he learned in his boyhood (in the 1840's in Limerick) were “not fit for publication.” See entry at the Ballad Index [1] for more on the song.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Emmerson (Rantin' Pipe and Tremblin' String), 1971; No. 95, p. 167. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 18. Elias Howe (Howe’s 500 Irish Melodies Ancient and Modern), Boston, c. 1880; p. 501 (a collection of “Irish” tunes from previous Howe publications, plus 200 tunes from P.M. Joyce’s 1873 Ancient Irish Music). Joyce (Ancient Irish Music), 1873. O’Neill (Irish Minstrels and Musicians), 1913; p. 133.






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