The Mill, Mill O barndance

Also known as The Soldier’s Return.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Mill, Mill O has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Mill, Mill O has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Mill, Mill O
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
de|f2 A>B A3 d| B>A (3Bcd e2 de|f2 A2 gfed |B3c d2 :|
A2| d>efg a3 a|ba gf e3 A|d>efg a3 (3b/2a/2g/2 | f3 g a2
A2| d>efg a3 d'|ba gf e2 de | f2 A>B A2 (3fed | B3c d2 ||

Three comments

The Mill, Mill O

From the playing of Conal O Grada. Found on track 6 of the raw bar collective. My transcription.

Obviously, it is a march, not a Barndance…

The Mill, Mill O

"Closely related to this tune…"

It’s the same tune, found in a few of the early 18th century Scots collections (e.g. McGibbon, Oswald), and in Mrs Crockat’s 1709 manuscript, although G Farquhar Graham thought it "probably much older". Robert Burns wrote a song in 1793 called "The Soldier’s Return" to the same tune, replacing these older lyrics:

The mill, mill-O, the kill, kill-O,
The coggin O Peggy’s wheel, O;
The sack and the sieve, a’ she did leave
An danced the miller’s reel, O.