Come Open the Door Sweet Betty
COME OPEN THE DOOR, SWEET BETTY. AKA and see "Rattling, Roaring Willie," "The Mitford Galloway," "Tom Nokes' Jig." English, Country Dance Tune and Air (6/8 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. This melody, notes Chappell (1859), appears in both the Pepys Collection and the Roxburghe, entitled "John's Earnest Request; or, Betty's compassionate love extended to him in a time of distress" which also records it as "a pleasant new tune, much in request." The strain appears in the first part of "Tom Nokes' Jig" (Apollo's Banquet, 1669), though in the Nokes tune the time has been altered to a quick 9/8; it is either derived from "Come Open the Door" or else both are from some earlier common ancestor, states Chappell.
Printed source: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time), vol. 2, 1859; p. 147.
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