Please Give A Penny To The Poor Old Man polka

Also known as Lancers, The Lancers.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

Please Give A Penny To The Poor Old Man has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Please Give A Penny To The Poor Old Man
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
gfe|: d^cde d=cBA| G2 G2 G2 DG | B2Bd cBAG| F2 A2 Agfg |
d^cde d=cBA| G2 G2 G2 DG | BdBG AcAF |1 G2 G2 G2 Bc :|2 G2 G2 G2 df |
|:gfga b2ag | fagf d2df | gfga b2ag | fagf d2dc |
cBcd efg2 | cBcd efg2 | BdBG AcAF |1 G2 G2 G2 df :|2 G2 G2 G2 |
X: 2
T: Please Give A Penny To The Poor Old Man
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(uBc) |(d^c)de (d=c)BA | G2G2 {A}GFGA |\
B2B2 {c}BABc | B2A2A2 (Bc) |\
(d^c)de (d=c)BA |
G2G2 {A}GFGA |\
B2B2 {B}AGAB | G2B2G :: (3udef) |\
gfga (b2ag) | fgaf d2((3def) |
gfga b2(ag) | fgaf d2g2 |\
dcBc defg | dcBc defg |\
(ef)ge (fg)af | g2b2"_D.C. Fine."g2 :|

Two comments

Lancers

This is the final part of what was usually a 5 part series of tunes played for this group dance, some in 2/4, some in 6/8; examples from folk tradition of the 6/8 have been posted here before. This setting comes from the fiddling of Johnny Doherty, as recorded on his Comhaltas LP; some of his other recordings have Lancers tunes in 6/8 as well, and more may be found at the Comhaltas archives. In bars 2 and 4 John actually played very brief double stops, harmonizing B against G and D against F, for the sake of clarity I haven’t included these notes.