Bonnie Blue Eyed Lassie

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 Also known as    How Can I Live At The Top of a Mountain, My Bonnie Blue Eyed Lassie
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    ABC
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 Year of publication/Date of MS    
 Artist    Biography:Boys of the Lough
 Title of recording    West of Ireland (The)
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    1999
 Score   ()   

BONNIE BLUE-EYED LASSIE. Irish, Song Air. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. The song is rather obscure in the tradition (John Mouldon found one 19th century Scottish source for the lyrics in Crawfurd, albeit no tune), but was collected from Mrs. Elizabeth Cronin, Ballyvourney, County Cork, in th 20th century. It has been widely disseminated from that source, with numerous recorded versions extent. Lyrics begin:

How could I live on the top of a mountain
With no money in my pocket, nor gold for the counting
I would let the money go, all for to gain her fancy
For I would marry no one but, my bonny blue eyed Nancy.

T:Bonnie Blue Eyed Lassie
Z:Henrik Norbeck
A8 | B4{cB} A2F2 | A6B2 | d4 e2f2 |
g6 f2 | e2{fe}d4 e2 | f2 A6- | A4 d2c2 ||
B6c2 | B2{cB}A2 A2{BA}F2 | A6B2 | d8- | d4 e3f |
gg7 | a6 {fe}d2 |e6{fe}d2 | d8- | d4 f4 ||
g6g2 | b2 g4{ag}f2 | f2 f6 | a8- | a4 f2a2 |
g6 f2 | e4{fe} d2e2 | f2 A6- | A4 d4 ||
B6c2 | B2{cB}A2 A2{BA}F2 | A6B2 | d8- | d4 e3f |
gg7 | a6 {fe}d2 | e6{fe}d2 | d8- | d8 ||

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