"The Voice of the People Volume 9:
Rig-a-jig-jig: Dance Music of the South of England"
track 27, the first tune
There are various takes on this melody/tune and I suspect some of you may have others you can contribute here. Some are considerably different, though the rhythm seems to be consistent throughout, meaning, as an example ~ | G>FG …
Some folks sing a little ditty to it:
"The maid of the mill, the maid of the mill,
Some say she won’t but we know that she will…"
Am I right in thinking it was written by the Tyneside composer, Shield, for a ballad opera of the same name and went viral to the extent that something like 35 different "traditional" versions have been collected? The same guy also wrote Curly Headed Ploughboy.
Nice one fen, I believe so. Lord knows I’ve seen and heard a slew of different ways under the same name and basic rhythm… 😀
Maid of the Mill - other words
The words I know are:
"She says she won’t but her sister will"…….
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