Boys in Blue
BOYS IN BLUE. American, Scottish; Reel. G Major ('A' part) & D Major ('B' part). Standard tuning. AA'BB'. The title refers, perhaps, not to policemen (the modern connotation), but to Union Army Civil War soldiers, whose uniforms were blue. Despite its appearance in Kerr's publication, the tune sounds thoroughly American.
Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 28. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 285, p. 31. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 52.
X:1 T:Boys in Blue M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel S:Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G (3D/E/F/ | G/D/B,/D/ E/F/G/A/|B/dd/ d>B|A/dd/ d>c|B/dd/ d>D|G/D/B,/D/ E/F/G/A/ | B/dd/ d>B|A/aa/ ag|f/g/e/f/ d/c/B/A/ || G/D/B,/D/ E/F/G/A/ | B/dd/ d>B | A/dd/ d>c | B/dd/ d>D | G/D/B,/D/ E/F/G/A/ | B/dd/ d>B | c/B/A/G/ F/D/E/F/ | G/D/B,/D/ G,||: D|(D/d/).d/.d/ .dd/c/ | (B/b/).b/.b/ .ba/g/ | (f/d/).d/.d/ (e/^c/).c/.c/ | d/A/F/A/ G/F/E/D/| (D/d/).d/.d/ .dd/c/|(B/b/).b/.b/ .ba/g/|(f/d/).d/.d/ (e/^c/).c/.c/|1 d/A/F/A/ d :|2 d/A/F/A/ D/D/E/F/ ||
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