Blue Eyed Stranger reel

Also known as Blue Eyed Strangler, Blue Hydrangea, Blue-Eyed Stranger.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Blue Eyed Stranger has been added to 1 tune set.

Blue Eyed Stranger has been added to 29 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Blue Eyed Stranger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:{F}G2D2 D2GF|EDEF G2 GA|B2d2 cBAG|E2 F2 G4:|
GABc d2d2|edcB A2A2|GABc d2d2|B3c d4|
GABc d2d2|edcB A2G2|A2c2 BAGF|E2 F2 G4|
2
X: 2
T: Blue Eyed Stranger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D | G2 D2 D2 GF |EDEF G2 GA |B2 d2 cBAG | [1 E2 F2 G3 :| [2 E2 F2 G3 z |]
|: GABc d2 d2 | edcB A2 A2 | GABc d2 d2 | B3 c d2 BA |
GABc d2 d2 | edcB A2 GA | B2 d2 cBAG | [1 E2 F2 G3 z :| [2 E2 F2 G3 |]
3
X: 3
T: Blue Eyed Stranger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3 D D2 D2|EFGB A2 GA|B2 d2 BAGF|E2 F2 E/F/E D2||
G3 D D2 D2|EFGB A2 GA|B2 d2 BAGF|E2 F2 G4|]
GABc d2 d2|edcB A2 A2|GABc d2 d2|B2 c2 d4||
GABc d2 d2|edcB A2 GA|B2 d2 BAGF|E2 F2 G4|]

Four comments

Blue Eyed Stranger

Very popular (and ancient) Morris tune, found in most traditions.
Commonly known as the Blue Eyed Strangler.


The Blue Eyed Stranger shuffled into town
with his fiddle slung over his shoulder oh.
He seemed so shy, that he caught the maiden’s eye
but he proved to be much bolder oh.
He said I can dance the bagpipes.I can dance the jig.
I can dance the highest caper oh.
I can play a tune that will charm the singing birds
I’m the finest cat-gut scraper oh.

The Blue-Eyed Stranger

A tune that’s played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol (UK).

A Cotswold morris tune. This setting is very similar to the one used by the morris men at Headington, Oxfordshire, England.

Blue Eyed Stranger, X:2

The Old Swan Band’s setting (a cracker!) as found on their 2014 album "Fortyssimo"
X:2
T:Blue Eyed Stranger
C:Traditional
O:England
D:Old Swan Band: "Fortyssimo" - (2014) - WildGoose, WGS407CD
S:https://youtu.be/p6MxZFXcozk?t=160 - 3rd tune (not listed) in a set with "Devon Bonny Breastknot" & "Getting Upstairs", starting at 2’40"

N:Also known, jokingly, as "The Blue Eyed Strangler" or "The Blue Hydrangea"
Z:Jem Hammond 8:7:2020
R:reel
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
G3 D D2 D2|EFGB A2 GA|B2 d2 BAGF|E2 F2 E/F/E D2||
G3 D D2 D2|EFGB A2 GA|B2 d2 BAGF|E2 F2 G4|]
GABc d2 d2|edcB A2 A2|GABc d2 d2|B2 c2 d4 ||
GABc d2 d2|edcB A2 GA|B2 d2 BAGF|E2 F2 G4|]

Re: Blue Eyed Stranger

A search on the title on The Traditional Tune Archive produces 5 more variants.