Fiddle Tune a Day is my ambitious project to post a new fiddle tune on the web every day for the next year, using both youtube and tumblr.
Day5: Cock O' The North:
Todays tune is commonly used as a country dance tune in both Scotland and Ireland. It is named after Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon. He was a Scottish nobleman who is known for raising the Gordon Highlanders (the 92nd Regiment) in 1794 for the French Revolutionary Wars. He was known as the 'Cock o' the North', as it was the traditional epithet attached to the chief of the Gordon clan.
This tune is also know as 'Chase Me Charlie' and 'Auntie Mary had a Canary' due to the following sets of lyrics that have been added on:
-Chase Me Charlie
"Chase me Charlie, find my barley Up the leg of me drawers Don't believe me, come and feel me Up the leg of me drawers"
-Auntie Mary had a Canary
"Auntie Mary had a canary Up the leg of her drawers She pulled a string to hear it sing And down came Santa Claus"
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