The Spent Money polka

Also known as Lakes Of Sligo, The Lakes Of Sligo, Lass O’Gowrie, Spent Money.

There are 35 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Lisdoonvarna (a few times), The Barren Rocks Of Aden (a few times), Bridgie Con Mat’s (a few times), Thadelo’s (a few times).

The Spent Money has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Spent Money
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D>E DE/F/|G>A GF|E>D EF/G/|A>G AB|
D>E DE/F/|GA B>A|GE DB|1 A2 G>E:|2 A2 G>A||
|:Bd G>A|Bd dc/B/|ce A>B|ce ed/c/|
Bd AB|GA B>A|GE DB|1 A2 G>A:|2 A2 G2||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Spent Money
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A>B AB/c/|d>e dc|B>A Bc/d/|e>d ef|
A>B AB/c/|de f>e|dB Af|1 e2 d>B:|2 e2 d>2||
|:fa d>e|fa ag/f/|gb e>f|gb ba/g/|
fa ef|de f>e|dB Af|1 e2 d>e:|2 e2 d2||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Spent Money
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D2 DE/F/ | G>A GF | E>D E/F/G | A/B/A/G/ AB |
D>E DE | GA BB/A/ | G/A/GE/ DB | AB/A/ G2 :|
|: Bd GG/A/ | B/c/d dc/B/ | ce AA/B/ | c/B/c/d/ e/4f/4e/d/c/ |
B2 AB/A/ | G>A BA | GE DB | A2 G2 :|
ABC

Six comments

For John Joe

There you go, y’boy ye!

I got this tune off Brian O’Connor’s "Come West Along The Road" album (which I reckon is one of the most under-rated albums of the past decade, so there!)

I haven’t been able to track down tab or sheet music for it and this setting is closer to the way I play it on mandolin than O’Connor plays it on flute.

A lovely, quirky polka.

Lakes of Sligo?

Aidan,
I know this one as The Lakes of Sligo and normally play it in D major. Forget the version already posted on thesession as it is erroneously scored in
1 flat instead of 2 sharps and sounds like sh*te.

Brian

(sorry … that’s a dreadful in-joke … or sort of in- … mea culpa. mea culpa, etc.)

Thanks.

I may have misremembered O’Connor and co’s take on this. I could have sworn he changed key from D to G at the change.

The G version is so much easier to play (for me at least) than the D version (the high b being always problematic for someone with my poor technique). Maybe I’ll set out the D version as The Spent Money (second setting).

Dmaj Version

X:1
T: Spent Money, The (Dmajor version)
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|:A>B AB/c/|d>e dc|B>A Bc/d/|e>d ef|
A>B AB/c/|de f>e|dB Af|1 e2 d>B:|2 e2 d>2||
|:fa d>e|fa ag/f/|gb e>f|gb ba/g/|
fa ef|de f>e|dB Af|1 e2 d>e:|2 e2 d2||


Would this be the D version?

That’s the very man!

Except I would play bars 1 and 5 as F>A AB/c/
Chris