The Gobby O jig

Also known as An Gobbi O, The Gaby Boy, The Gobbio, The Gobby-O, Jefferson And Liberty, Jefferson And Liberty (The Gobby-O), Jefferson’s March.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Gobby O has been added to 75 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Gobby O
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:B| c2A AcA| E2A A2c| B2G GBc| dBG GAB|
c2A AcA| E2A A2g| edc BAG| E2A A2:|
G| A2B c2d| e2f g2e| faf g2e| dBG G2B|
A2B c2d| e2f g2f| edc BAG| E2A A2||
G| A2B c2d| e2f g2e| faf g2e| dBG GAB|
c3 cBA| Bcd efg| edc BAG| E2A A2||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Gobby O
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:B| c2A A^GA| E2A A2c| B2G GBc| dBG GAB|
c2A A^GA| E2A A2e| edc BAG| E2A A2:|
E| A2B c2d| e2f g2e| faf g2e| dBG GAB|
A2B c2d| e=fe a2g| edc BAB|c2A A2:||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Gobby O
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: A/B/ | c2A ABA | E2A A2A | B2G GBd | dBG GAB |
c2A ABc | d2B Bcd | edc BAB | E2A A2 :|
: B | c2d e2f | g3 e3 | a2f g2e | dBG GAB |
c2A ABc | d2B Bcd | edc BAB | E2A A2 :|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Gobby O
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
B|:c2A AGA|E2A ABc|BAB GFG|dBG GAB|
c2A Bcd|e2a ~a2b|age edB|cAA A2:|
E|:A2B c2d|e2f ~g3|agf gfe|dBG ~G2E|
A2B c2d|efg ~a2b|age edB|cAA A2:|
ABC

Eighteen comments

Jefferson and liberty

That’s another of the names.

The Gobby O (jig)

I learnt this tune a few days ago at a local tune workshop. What I have posted is an accurate transcription of what the tutor played.
The tutor was of the opinion that it’s an old tune (possibly 18th century) and is also called The Gobbio.
The Gobbio was also a single figure English country dance described as follows in T Wilson’s "The Treasures of Terpsichore" (2nd Ed. 1816):
"The top Lady turns the second Gentleman, the top Gentleman turns the second Lady, down the middle, up again, and allemande."
Is there any connection between the dance and the tune?
And does anyone have any information about the origin of the name "Gobby O" or "Gobbio"?

I’m sure this is in one of the Scottish "Kerr’s" collections. I learned it years ago from Tony Cuffe [ RIP ], who played it on whistle. Tony said that the "Gobby - o" was a fish. It’s well-known in Kerry as a slide.

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The Gobby O (jig)

Gobby is perhaps another name for a guppy, then?

I learned this version from New England Tradition’s Farewell to the Hollow CD. It’s got a few odd accidentals that I kind of like.
K:Ador
|:B| c2A A^GA| E2A A2c| B2G GBc| dBG GAB|
c2A A^GA| E2A A2e| edc BAG| E2A A2:|
E| A2B c2d| e2f g2e| faf g2e| dBG GAB|
A2B c2d| e=fe a2g| edc BAB|c2A A2:||

Jefferson and Liberty

This is a great dance tune and has been used in New England for generations. The words to Thomas Jefferson’s 1800 presidential campaign song were set to the tune, known in those days as The Gobby-O but ever since the election as J&L.

The chorus, sung to the B part of the tune, goes:

Rejoice, Columbia’s sons, rejoice
To tyrants never bend the knee
But join with heart, and soul and voice
For Jefferson and Liberty.

Gobby O

Me again asking a dumb inane question.

I really like the tune The Gobby O but what in HE**
is a Gobby O.

I did search the site but didn’t find it.

Happy Friday
Mary

Re: Gobby O

Thanks, Scotsman

I have the tune and play it often as "Jefferson and Liberty"
but was just wondering about the title.

Mary

Re: Gobby O

Try searching for it at the Fiddler’s Companion site:

http://www.ceolas.org/tunes/fc/

The listing there states "Suggestions regarding the meaning of the title include a derivation from "Gaberlunzie Boy" to "Gaby Boy" to "Gobby-O", or that the title was derived from the Gaelic word ‘gob’, meaning mouth or beak."

Re: Gobby O

There’s some specualtion in the comments section of the tune entry on this site that the name refers to a type of fish. It’s also either the name of a country dance or a type of country dance — check out the comments tab, Mary.

Re: Gobby O

Thanks, very interesting

The Gaby Boy

Here’s the version - and title - from the John Moore manuscript of 1839. He has it in the major key and with a couple of interesting variants including the long notes in the B part. (This is taken from The Shropshire Hornpipe, edited by Gordon Ashman, published by Dragonfly Press, ISBN 1 872277 06 3)

X: 2
T: The Gaby Boy
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: AMaj
|: A/B/ | c2A ABA | E2A A2A | B2G GBd | dBG GAB |
c2A ABc | d2B Bcd | edc BAB | E2A A2 :|
: B | c2d e2f | g3 e3 | a2f g2e | dBG GAB |
c2A ABc | d2B Bcd | edc BAB | E2A A2 :|

PS The Gobies are a large family of small marine tropical fish, usually associated with coral reefs, and popular in recent times withi tropical fish keepers. I’d be very suprised if the tune was shown to be named from that derivation :-)

How about A mix instead?

The major version doesn’t really do it for me, though I might like the first g in the B-part sharp.

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O’Neill’s #105 The Gobby O/An Gobbi O

Almost a straightforward transcription except for the fifth and sixth bar of the first part (originally c2A AGA|E2a a2b). My version makes it a little easier on the pipes, too.