Sail Away Ladies reel

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

Sail Away Ladies has been added to 1 tune set.

Sail Away Ladies has been added to 49 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: Sail Away Ladies
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2 BG AGBG|B3A GB3-|BAGE D2 E2|G3A G2 G2:|
g2 g2 ge d2|e3f e3g|g2 g2 ed B2|d3e d2 e2|
e2 ed BAGA|A3G G3B|BAGE D2 E2|G3A G2 G2:|
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Sail Away Ladies

A Fantastic American reel I heard Mike McGoldrick play.

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Anyone who’s grown up below the mason dixon line knows this tune. It’s hard not to like it!

Here’s where they got this particular version from:

This is an “odd” version because it starts on the low part. Most southern players start the tune on on the high part.

Having first learned this as a song decades ago, from the singing of Odetta and others, (and I don’t know which came first, the song or the reel or the song, but Alan Lomax claimed that the song grew out of the banishment of “the devil’s instrument” in many southern communities,) having the low part first comes as no surprise, as that is how the song is structured.

see “Reprints from Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine”, Volumes 1-6 ; 1959-1964, pp. 256-7.