Cramp (The)

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 Theme code Index    5453b 5451
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece, Country Dance
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    2 flats
 Mode    Aeolian (minor)
 Time signature    6/4
 Structure    One part
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:William Chappell
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Popular Music of the Olden Time vol. 1
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 143
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1859
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
 Score   ()   

CRAMP, THE. English, Country Dance Tune and Air (6/4 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Chappell (1859) finds the only known version of the tune in Pammelia (1609) arranged with two other country dances, "to be sung all three together; it is not very trustworthy." Lyrics begin:

The cramp is in my purse full sore,
No money will bide therin-a;
And if I had some salve therefore,'
O lightly then would I sing-a;
Hay ho the cramp-a, (x3)
The cramp-a.

Printed source: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 1, 1859; p. 143.

T:Cramp, The
S:Pammelia (1609)
G2|d4d2 c4c2|d3c B2 A4G2|d3e d2 c4e2|d6 G2G2|
d4d2 c4c2|d3c B2 A4G2|d3e d2 c4e2|d6 G6|c6 G2B2|
A6 G6|d6 G4B2|A6 G6|c6 G4B2|A6 G3G e2|d8||

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