Parcel Of Rogues reel

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Parcel Of Rogues has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Parcel Of Rogues
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
FA|BcAF B2 c2|dBAF D2 EF|GFED E2 FA|B3 A F2:|
de|fgfe d2 cB|AFED A2 Bc|d2 cd e2 de|f3 d B2 de|
faef d2 cB|AFED d2 cB|AFED E2 FA|B3 A F2||

Four comments

Parcel Of Rogues

“Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation” was Robbie Burns’ poem condemning the Act of Union of 1707:

Fareweel to a’ our Scottish fame,
Fareweel our ancient glory;
Fareweel ev’n to the Scottish name,
Sae fam’d in martial story.
Now Sark rins over Solway sands,
An’ Tweed rins to the ocean,
To mark where England’s province stands-
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

What force or guile could not subdue,
Thro’ many warlike ages,
Is wrought now by a coward few,
For hireling traitor’s wages.
The English stell we could disdain,
Secure in valour’s station;
But English gold has been our bane-
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

O would, ere I had seen the day
That Treason thus could sell us,
My auld grey head had lien in clay,
Wi’ Bruce and loyal Wallace!
But pith and power, till my last hour,
I’ll mak this declaration;
We’re bought and sold for English gold-
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

A beautifully haunting melody when played as an air!

Re: Parcel Of Rogues

This most definitely is NOT a reel. It is a non-dance, sad song. Also it is missing the cuts & holds that are in the Bard’s score.

Re: Parcel Of Rogues

“The Bard’s score…”

Where might we see this score, Rabbie?

Re: Parcel Of Rogues

I doubt if it was “The Bard’s Score”.
Although he played the fiddle a bit, he wasn’t much of composer and borrowed existing melodies for his songs.
Apparently, he did write one or tunes but they aren’t that memorable.