The Leg Of The Duck jig

Also known as Conroy’s, Jack Coen’s, Jack Cohen’s, Jackie Daly’s, Jim Conroy’s, Leg Of A Duck, The Leg Of A Duck, Leis Lacha, Paddy, Péarla An Iarthair, Pride Of The West.

There are 27 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Temple Hill (a few times) and Wallop The Spot (a few times).

The Leg Of The Duck has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Leg Of The Duck has been added to 147 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Leg Of The Duck
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGG GAG|FEF Ddc|~B3 GBd|cAG FEF|
DGG GAG|FEF DBc|ded cAF|AGF G3:|
|:dgg def|dgg cBc|dgg def|GFG ABc|
def ~g3|agf g2e|fed cAF|AGF G3:|
X: 2
T: The Leg Of The Duck
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGG GAG|FEF Ddc|B3 GB/c/d|cAG FEF|
DGG GAG|FEF DBc|ded cAF|AGF G3:||
|:dgg def|dgg cBc|dgg def|GFG ABc|
def g3|agf g2e|fed cAF|AGF G3:||
# Added by JACKB .

Seven comments

There’s another tune that sometimes gets called "Leg Of The Duck" on this database, aka "Daniel Of The Sun". Actually it goes quite nicely with this one - you could have a set with a duck theme.

According to Norbeck, the lyrics to the original song are:

I gave it to Kitty because she was pretty,
The leg of the duck, the leg of the duck.
I gave it to Molly because she was jolly,
The leg of the duck, the leg of the duck.

I gave it to Nelly to stick in her belly
The leg of the duck, the leg of the duck.
She has it, she’s got it, wherever she put it,
The leg of the duck, the leg of the duck.

If you wanted to add more verses it looks like it would be pretty easy to do. You could even make up rude ones. I could elaborate but I think I might offend the American contingent with my foul language! :-)

Is this one really the one on Roger Landes’ Dragon Reels?

I’ve listened to both and they sound quite different to me… plus the one on Roger Landes’ CD is a three part Jig, and this one is two parts

O’Neill’s

This tune can be found in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland — # 1108 as Paddy "Go Easy".

O’Neill, really ?

Checking the Dance Music of Ireland by O’Neill (which is not O’Neill’s Music of Ireland !), there is a tune (298) called Paddy "Go Easy", 3 parts and in the key of Dmaj, which is not the one presented here…