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HONEST IRISH LAD, THE. American, Schottische. USA, southwestern Pa. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Bayard's source "cut" his phrases, or dropped beats here and there; a common enough practice among fiddlers, especially those who did not play for dances or who did not have such practices schooled out of them by music teachers. The name comes from the ditty:

I'm an honest Irish lad,
And of work I'm not afraid;
If its pleasure for you, I can sing or dance.
I'll do anything you say
If you'll only name the day
When you'll give an honest Irish lad a chance.

The tune is not the one that is not the one usually printed to the words, and was probably not originally attached to it.

Source for notated version: George Strosnider (Greene County, Pa., 1930's) [Bayard].

Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 441, p. 411.

Recorded sources:

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