Balance The Straw reel

Also known as Balance A Straw, Balancy Straw, Ballance A Straw March, From The Man Whom I Love, Lads A-Bunchum, Oh Dear Mother What A Fool I’ve Been, Oh Dear Mother, What A Fool I Be, Oh Dear Mother, What A Fool I’ve Been, To Ballance A Straw, The Tulip.

Balance The Straw has been added to 5 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Balance The Straw
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: DG | B2 B2 BdcB | c2 A2 A2 Bc | d2 B2 c2 Ac | B2 G2 G2 :|
gf | e2 d2 d2 G2 | B2 B2 B2 gf |e2 d2 d2 G2 | GGFE D2 DG |
B2 B2 BdcB | c2 A2 A2 Bc | d2 B2 c2 Ac | B2 G2 G2 ||
|: z2 | D2 G2 B4 | B4 B2 d2 | c2 B2 c4 | A4 A2 Bc | d2 B2 c2 Ac | B2 G2 G2 :|
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X: 2
T: Balance The Straw
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G2 B2 (3BcB AB | c2 A2 A2 Bc | d2 ed c2 Ac | A2 G2 G4 :|
|: e2 d2 d2 G2 | B2 B2 B4 | e2 d2 d2 G2 | B2 A2 G4 |
G2 B2 B2 Bd | c2 A2 A2 B2 | c2 ee d2 c2 | B2 G2 G4 :|
ABC
X: 3
T: Balance The Straw
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc|B2B2 BdcB|A2 A2 A2 Bc|d2 cB c2 BA|G2 GA G2dc|
|B2 B2 BdcB|A2 A2 A2 Bc|d2 cB c2BA|G2 GA G2|
gf|e2 d2 d2 cB|BA A2 A2 gf|e2 d2 d2 cB|AGAB A2 dc|
|B2 B2 BdcB|A2 A2 A2 Bc|dgdB dcBA|G2 G>A G2||
ABC
X: 4
T: Balance The Straw
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GA | B2 B2 B>c d>B | c2 A2 A2 Bc | d2 d2 c2 BA | G2 G2 G2 :|
gf | e2 d2 d2 GA | B2 B2 B2 gf | e2 d2 c2 B2 | AGFE D2 GA |
B2 B2 B>c d>B | c2 A2 A2 Bc | d2 d2 c2 BA | G2 G2 G2 ||
ABC
X: 5
T: Balance The Straw
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: dc |B2 BB BdcB | A2 AA A2 Bc | d2 cB c2 BA | G2 GG G2 :|
gf |e2 dd d2 cB | c2 BB B2 gf | e2 dd d2 cB | AGAB D2 dc |
B2 BB BgdB | A2 AA ABcd | egdB A/B/c BA | G2 GG G2 |]
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X: 6
T: Balance The Straw
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: e/d/c |B2 B>^A B/c/d c>B | A2 A>^G A2 =G/A/B/c/ | d2 c>B c/B/A FD | G2 G>G G2 :|
g>f |e2- e>d d2 G>B | c2- c>B B2 b/a/g/f/ | e2 d>d dG- GB | A>^GAB D2 d>c |
B2 B/B/B B>g d/c/B | A2 A>^G A/B/c Ad | e/f/g d>B A/B/c BA | G2 G>G G2 |]
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Twenty-six comments

Balance The Straw

As requested by session.org member ceolachan (don’t blame me! ;-) )

X:1 This is a 4/4 version of a Cotswold Morris dance tune (from the village of Bledington).

See also:
http://thesession.org/tunes/13385

Balance the Straw

This setting is from Howe’s 1000 Jigs and Reels circa 1867. It’s listed in a section called "Songs etc". Hey, he said it’s a song, I didn’t.

"It’s listed in a section called "Songs etc". Hey, he said it’s a song, I didn’t."

Perhaps it was considered an "etc", more than a song. That setting doesn’t seem to fit a reel.
Or maybe it has been a tune to a song at some point.

Seems more like a hornpipe….

And since we are not supposed just to deposit Google droppings I will add that the "Oh dear mother what a fool I’ve been" words can still be heard through the jingling bells on summer evenings outside rural pubs in merry England.

And shopping centre car parks in the rain.

While we are at it the words of the ‘morris song’ are:

Oh dear mother, what a fool I be,
Six young fellows came a-courting me.
Five were blind and the other couldn’t see,
Oh dear mother, what a fool I be.

Though I was ‘taught’ it as "fool I’ve been". A few web pages give it as "Here are six young fellows" which I suppose might be intended as six dancers plus the fool.

X:2 This is a 4/4 version of a Cotswold Morris dance tune (from the village of Ascott-under-Wychwood).

X:4 This is a 4/4 version of a Cotswold Morris dance tune (from the village of Brackley).

See also:
http://thesession.org/tunes/13385

:-D Nice one lads… All you need to do now is add the words for the 6/8 "Balance the Straw"…

Ceol - you’ve nearly enough for a thesis on this tune now! ;-)

I love it when it comes together like this… However, where’s the YouTubes?

From the man whom I love, tho’ my heart I disguise,
I will freely describe the wretch I despise,
And if he has sense but to ballance a straw,
He will sure take the hint from the picture I draw.

A wit without sense, without fancy a beau,
Like a parrot he chatters, and struts like a crow:
A peacock in pride, in grimace a baboon,
In courage a hind, in conceit a gascoon.

As a vulture rapacious, in falsehood a fox,
Inconstant as waves, and unfeeling as rocks,
As a tyger ferocious, perverse as an hog,
In mischief an ape, and in fawning a dog.

In a word, to sum up all his talents together,
His heart is of lead, and his brain is of feather,
Yet, if he has sense but to ballance a straw,
He will sure take the hint from the picture I draw.

Tobias Smollett.

X: 6 straw foot, hay foot ~ marching through

Fun with marching… 8-)

Oh dear, mother threw up!? You have my sympathy…

I’d worry for my knuckles with that group. :-D

:-/ I am wondering, are we allowed to use it as a verb as well ? As in "I wanted to learn a tune, so I youtubed it". Whatever next…

…morris tunes on thesession maybe ;-)

"All those YouTubes are the 6/8 tune"

I didn’t have the sound on. Still, it’s all part of the same research.

How about Oswald’s "Airs for the Seasons", and "The Tulip"?

http://www.notamos.co.uk/102045.shtml

Lads a-Bunchum

The "Lads a-Bunchum" tune alone has five Cotswold Morris variants: Adderbury, Bucknell, Ducklington, Hinton and Sherborne.

Adderbury here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeHpnTGaMQk


A shopping centre performance, as alluded to by David above …

… although I’m not sure whether or not it is raining … ;-)

"although I’m not sure whether or not it is raining "

It would be a change if it’s not raining there right now. Ducklington will be living up to its name, too.

Those were the days, having dance in Ducklington. :-D Where’s me waders?

The quack was 90 in Ducklington.