Squire Woods Lamentation On Refusal Of His Halfpence reel

Also known as Squire Wood’s Lamentation, Squire Wood’s Lamentation Of The Refusal Of His Half Pence, Squire Wood’s Lamentation On The Refusal Of His Halfpence, Squire Wood’s Lamentation On Ye Refusal Of His Halfpence, Squire Woods Lamentation, Squire Woods’ Lamentation, Woods’ Lamentation.

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

Squire Woods Lamentation On Refusal Of His Halfpence has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Squire Woods Lamentation On Refusal Of His Halfpence
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GA | B4 B3g | d2 Bd B2 AG | B4 B3g | e2 de B3g |
e2 dB d2 dA | B2 AG A2 GE | G3A BG dB | A4 G2 :|
|: d2 | ef g2 G2 g2 | ga b/a/g e3d | B2 d2 efgf | e4 d3d |
efga g2 G2 | g2 a2 e3d | BA B2 dB d2 | ed e2 =f4 |
ge g2 ed e2 | dB d2 BG B2 | g3e dg dB | A4 G2 :|
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X: 2
T: Squire Woods Lamentation On Refusal Of His Halfpence
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GA |B4 B3 g | d2 Bd B2 AG | B4 B3 g | e2 de B3 g |
e2 dB d2 dA | B2 AG A2 GE | G3 A BG dB | TA4 G2 ||
d2 |ef g2 G2 g2 | ga b/a/g e3 d | B2 d2 efgf | Te4 d3 d |
efga gG g2 | ga b/a/g e3 d | BA B2 dB d2 | ed e2 =f4 |
ge g2 ed e2 | dB d2 BG B2 | g3 e dgdB | A4 G2 |]
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X: 3
T: Squire Woods Lamentation On Refusal Of His Halfpence
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: (GA) |BcBA B2 g2 | dcBd B2 (AG) | ded^c d2 (gf) | e^deg A2 (gf) |
edcB dcBA | cBAG A2 (GE) | GFGA BGdB | A^GAB =G2 :|
|: d2 |e^def g2 G2 | gabg e3 d | B2 d2 efgf | ed^ce d2 (Bd) |
efga gfef | gabg e3 d | BABc dcde | Bdef g2 (ef) |
g2 (eg) edeg | dBde dcBA | G2 (ge) dgdB | A^GAB =G2 :|
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X: 4
T: Squire Woods Lamentation On Refusal Of His Halfpence
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
M: 2/4
|: (G/A/) |B/c/B/A/ Bg | d/c/B/d/ B(A/G/) | d/e/d/^c/ d(g/f/) | e/^d/e/g/ A(g/f/) |
e/d/c/B/ d/c/B/A/ | c/B/A/G/ A(G/E/) | G/F/G/A/ B/G/d/B/ | A/^G/A/B/ =G :|
|: d |e/^d/e/f/ gG | g/a/b/g/ e>d | Bd e/f/g/f/ | e/d/^c/e/ d(B/d/) |
e/f/g/a/ g/f/e/f/ | g/a/b/g/ e>d | B/A/B/c/ d/c/d/e/ | B/d/e/f/ g(e/f/) |
g(e/g/) e/d/e/g/ | d/B/d/e/ d/c/B/A/ | G(g/e/) d/g/d/B/ | A/^G/A/B/ =G :|
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X: 5
T: Squire Woods Lamentation On Refusal Of His Halfpence
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GA |B4 B3 g | d2 Bd B2 AG | B4 B3 g | e2 de B3 g |
e2 dB d2 dA | B2 AG A2 GE | G3 A BG dB | TA4 G2 ||
d2 |ef g2 G2 g2 | ga b/a/g e3 d | B2 d2 efgf | Te4 d3 d |
efga g2 G2 | ga b/a/g e3 d | BA B2 dB d2 | ed e2 =f4 |
ge g2 ed e2 | dB d2 BG B2 | g3 e dgdB | A4 G2 |]
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Four comments

Squire Woods Lamentation on Refusal of His Halfpence

A very long and unusual name for a very wonderful tune. Another tune of Carolan’s that has unworldly qualities. The melody is stunningly beautiful whilst portraying great sadness. Carolan lived in the times when the old Irish Gaelic ways were diminishing, I feel this tune is his way of expressing his sadness for the loss of the Irish culture.

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X: 2 “Squire Wood’s Lamentation on the Refusal of His Halfpence”

B: "Carolan: The Life Times and Music of an Irish Harper, Volume I" by Donal O’Sullivan, 1958, page 285, tune #213
N: Andante

X: 3 & 4 “Wood’s Lamentation” ~ O’Neill, 1903

B: O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies", 1903, page 334, tune #1786,
N: category: Long Dances
S: F.O’Neill
M: 2/4

I’ve given that transcription first, X: 3, as M: 4/4, to make comparison easier, and then exactly as given in the O’Neill collection, M: 2/4, X: 4. M: 2/4 may be supporting the same guidance as O’Sullivan’s note ~ ‘Andante’. But, this goes nicely slow too. I quite like the O’Neill transcription. I may give another one later, transcribed from a recording…

Apparently, the earliest claim that this was composed by Carolan is by Petrie. O’Sullivan regards it as "not improbable".
As for the subject matter, it is satire, and an imagined "lamentation" by William Wood, who was issued letters patent to mint copper coinage (with suspicion of corruption). Jonathan Swift (Drapier’s Letters) assisted in bringing opposition to the project.

All explained by the wonderful Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drapier%27s_Letters

And here:

http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/12784/pg12784.html