The Old Torn Petticoat hornpipe

Also known as The Well Worn Petticoat.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Old Torn Petticoat has been added to 23 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Old Torn Petticoat
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: A>B |(3cBA B>c A>GE>D | G>DB>G D>G (3Bcd | c2 B>c A>GE>F | G>A (3BAG A2 (3GAB |
c>AB>G A>GE>D | (3GAG B>G D>GB>d | (3cBA (3BAG A>GE>D | G>A (3BA^G A2 :|
|: (3GAB |c>de>f g>ed>g | a>ge>d c>A^G>A | (3Bcd e>f g>fe>d | e>aa>^g a2 =g>a |
b>a (3gab a>g e2 | g>d (3efg d>B G2 | c>AB>^G A>E (3EEE | G>AB>^G A2 :|
2
X: 2
T: The Old Torn Petticoat
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ed |: "Am" (3cBA "G" (3BAG "Am" AG "Em" ED | "Am" EA AB cd ed | "Am" (3cBA "G" (3BAG "Am" AG "Em" ED |1 "Am"EA AB A2 ed :|2 "Am" EA AB A4 ||
|: "Am" (3ABd ef "G"gf ed | "Am" ea af "G"gf ed | "Am" (3ABd ef "G" gf ed | "Am"ea ag a4 |
"Am" (3ABd ef "G" gf ed | "Am" ea af "G" gf ed | "Am" (3cBA "G" (3BAG "Am" AG "Em" ED | "Am" EA AB A4 :|

Six comments

"The Old Torn Petticoat" ~ as a hornpipe

You’ll find another hornpipe version in the comments for the reel, here ~

"The Old Torn Petticoat"
Submitted on November 13th 2001 by Will Harmon.
https://thesession.org/tunes/368

Which reminded me of that general alternative way with it. After all, hornpipes are constantly ironed out into reels, and the same for all those lovely highland flings, so why not the other way round, as here. I’d love to see other hornpipe takes on this one if you or someone you know has given it that swing…

For button’s sake I usually add an ironed out version in the comments, but as the reel is already here that should suffice. 😉

There’s no point ironing out an old torn petticoat, Ceol. It’s probably time to be thinking about a new one.

Pleated in this case…

& with smocking…

I like this one as a slide, it’s called the Leprechaun. I think everytime I try to play it it’s mistaken for a hornpipe or a reel, this is probably why.

"The Leprechaun" / "The Worn Torn Petticoat" ~ as a slide

Submitted on May 22nd 2003 by gian marco.
https://thesession.org/tunes/1686

Yes, thanks Earl, I should have made that connection and link, now done, a great tune too…