When Johnny Comes Marching Home jig

Also known as The Animals Went In Two By Two, Guns And Drums, Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

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One setting

X: 1
T: When Johnny Comes Marching Home
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: E | A2 B c2 d | ecA ecA | G2 A B2 c | ded dBG |
A2 B c2 d | ecA Bcd | efe dcB | [1 A3-A z :| [2 .A3 .G3 |
EAA A2 B | c2 B c2 A | G3-G2 E | G3-G2 E |
EAA A2 B | c2 B c2 d | e3-e2 c | e3-e2c |
e2 e edc | d2 d d2 B | c2 c cBA | B2 B Bcd |
e3 d3 | c3 B3 | EAA A2 G | A3-A z ||

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home

A tune that was popular with the ceilidh bands in my neck of the woods in the 1960/1970s.

The first part of the tune is 8 bars repeated =16 bars.

The second part of the tune (16 bars, not repeated) equates to the song: When Johnny Comes Marching Home”: (AKA “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye” and “The Animals Went in Two by Two”.

We “resurrected” this tune recently when “stompy” jigs were needed when we were playing for a family barn dance. We set it with another old chestnut: “Oyster Girl”. The two tunes fitted together rather well.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

Mix, I think someone will come along and say that the A part has a name of its own, or that it is used for a song. It won’t come to me just now though.

@David50 - You may well be right - but I’ve just found this on "Fiddler’s Companion"

T:When Johnny Comes Marching Home
S:Kerr – Merry Melodies, vol. 1, pg. 28 (c. 1880’s)
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
E|A2B c2d|ecA ecA|G2A B2c|ded dBG|A2B c2d|efe dcB|A2z a2:||
A|EAA A2B|c2B c2A|(G3 G2)E|(G3 G2)A|EAA A2B|c2B c2d|
(e3 e2)c|e2e edc|d2d d2B|c2c cBA|B2B Bcd|e3 d3|c3 B3|EAA A2^G|A2z a2||