The Skylark polka

There are 29 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Fox On The Town (a few times), Roaring Mary (a few times), Maud Millar (a few times) and The Miller’s Maid (a few times).

The Skylark has been added to 1 tune set.

The Skylark has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Skylark
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc Bd | cB A2 | GA BG | D2 D2 | EF G2 | FG A2 | BG cB | A4 |
dc Bd | cB A2 | GA BG | D2 D2 | EF Gc | BA GF | G4- | G2 z2 :|
A2 D2 | A2 D2 | DE FA | G4 | DE FG |G2 c2 | BG cB | A4 |
dc Bd | cB A2 | GA BG | D2 D2 | EF Gc | BA GF | G4- | G2 z2 :|
X: 2
T: The Skylark
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
"G" dc Bd | "D" cB A2 | "G" GA BG | "G" D2 D2 | "C" EF G2 | "Am" FG A2 | "G" BG cB | "D" A4 |
"G" dc Bd | "D" cB A2 | "G" GA BG | "G" D2 D2 | "C" EF Gc | "D" BA GF | "G" G4- | "G" G2 z2 :|
"D" A2 D2 | "D" A2 D2 | "D" DE FA | "G" G4 | "G" DE FG | "G" G2 c2 | "Bm" BG cB | "D" A4 |
"G" dc Bd | "D" cB A2 | "G" GA BG | "G" D2 D2 | "C" EF Gc | "D" BA GF | "G" G4- | "G" G2 z2 :|

Four comments

The Skylark

Entirely unrelated to tune(s) of the same or similar name already posted to session.org.

This one is tune that’s played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol (UK). A member of this session learned it from someone at the Radway Inn session during the Sidmouth Folk Festival (UK) some years ago.

I’ve transcribed it as 2/4, as that metre seemed to fit it best, but it isn’t a polka. It’s almost a slow air - but it’s not quite that either.

Oddly, I didn’t much care for it when I first heard it. However, it’s grown on me and I really like it now. It’s got a sort of wistful, haunting feel about it. Hard to explain …

The Skylark, X:2

As per X:1, but with my suggested chord setting added.