The Rambling Sailor polka

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Rambling Sailor has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: c>B cA | ce fe | c>B ce | c/B/A B2 |
c>B cA | ce fe | f/g/a/f/ ec | BA A2 :|
|: A>B ce | ae fe | A>B ce | fc e2 |
A>B ce | ae fe | f/g/a/f/ ec | BA A2 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G/A/ |B>^A BG | Bd ed | B>^A Bd | B/A/G AG/A/ |
BB/A/ BG | B/c/d eg | e/f/g/e/ d>B | AG G :|
|: D |G>A Bd | gd ed | GG/A/ B/c/d | eB d2 |
GG/A/ B/c/d/B/ | gd e2 | eg/e/ d>B | AG G :|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: E |A>B ce | ae fe | A>B ce | f/e/c ef |
A>B ce | ae fe | Ac BA/B/ | cA A :|
e |ce A>B |ce fe | ce A>B | ce B2 |
ce A>B |ce fe | Ac BA/B/ | cA Ae |
ce Ac |eA ce | Ac ec | dB e>d |
ce A>B |ce fe | Ac BA/B/ | cA A |]
ABC

Eleven comments

“The Rambling Sailor”

That’d be my da, but this transcription is from the squeezin’ of that lovely and considerate box player Jackie Daly, also featured on his recording "Jackie Daly: Domhnach is Dálach / Many’s a Wild Night", track 12, the third polka of three.

“The Rambling Sailor” ~ which some folks play back to front, like so ~

X: 2
T: Rambling Sailor, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Amaj
|: E |\
A>B ce | ae fa | A>B ce | fc ee |
A>B ce | ae fa | fa/f/ ec | BA A :|
|: B |\
c2 cB | ce fe | c2 ce | c/B/A B2 |
cc/c/ cB | ce fe | fa/f/ ec | BA A :|

And an enjoyable take on this can be heard here, courtesy of Enda Seery:

http://soundcloud.com/enda-seery/my-aunt-jane-the-gullane-polka-the-rambling-sailor/


~ | c2 cB | ~ or ~ | c>c cB | ~ or ~ | cc/c/ cB | ~

Other ways with just that one bar…

~ | c2 cA | ~ or ~ | c>B cA | ~ or ~ | cc/B/ cA | ~ or ~ | cc/B/ c/B/A | ~

Etc… ;-)

“The Rambling Sailor” ~ a G take on it

X: 3
T: Rambling Sailor, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: GMaj
|: G/A/ |\
B>^A BG | Bd ed | B>^A Bd | BA/G/ AG/A/ |
B>^A BG | B/c/d e>d | e/f/g/e/ dB | AG G :|
|: D |\
G>A Bd | gd ed | G>A Bd | eB d2 |
G>A B/c/d | gd ed | e/f/g/e/ dB | AG G :|

“The Rambling Sailor” ~ Brian Hughes has a go at it ~

confusing the B-part with another and then letting fly his fantasies of form ~ also from t’other way round to start…

X: 3
T: Rambling Sailor, The
S: "Brian Hughes: Whistle Stop"
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Amaj
|: A>B ce | ae fe | A>B ce | f/e/c ef |
A>B ce | ae fe | Ac BA/B/ |[1 cA A2 :|[2 cA Ae ||
ce A>B |ce fe | ce A>B | ce B2 |
ce A>B |ce fe | Ac BA/B/ | cA Ae |
ce Ac |eA ce | Ac ec | dB e>d |
ce A>B |ce fe | Ac BA/B/ | cA A2 |]

That should have read ~ "Brian Hughes has his way with it." :-D

Speak of the devil…

I actually logged on just to find the ABC’s for this tune, and lo and behold, there it was right on the front!…

Perfectly suited to the Scots pipes scale (but for the semi quaver run: <f/g/a/f/ ec | BA A2> : Play it; <fa/f/ ec | BA A2> the tune is still as strong.

The rambling sailor JosephC stumbled on the land of Serendippo!

I’m a psychic… 8-)