The Bloody Fields Of Flanders waltz

Also known as Freedom Come All Ye.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Bloody Fields Of Flanders has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Bloody Fields Of Flanders
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
e3/2c/ A2 A3/2B/|ce f2 e2|f/g/a e2 de|cA cd/c/ B2|
e3/2c/ A2 A3/2B/|ce f2 e2|f/g/a e2 e/c/A/B/|cB A4:|
fg a2 ae|fa e2 c2|f/g/a e2 de|cA cd/c/ B2|
e3/2c/ A2 A3/2B/|ce f2 e2|f/g/a e2 e/c/A/B/|cB A4:|

Five comments

The Bloody Fields Of Flanders

This is a retreat march (and, therefore, not a waltz) by John MacLellan and was requested by a member here, christy taylor.
With retreat marches each beat gets the same emphasis so, traditionally, any anacrusis is written as the first beat of the bar.
The tune was used by Hamish Henderson for his song "Freedom Come All Ye".

And, needless-to-say, if this wasn’t being played on the pipes then all the Gs would be played as G#s.

bloody fields o’ flanders

thanks a lot DonaldK - I’m surprised it wasnt there before, for such a well known tune and song.
no it wont be played on pipes - fiddle and button accordion……………

this would be entirely unconnected our gig this Saturday, then, when the pipes will of course play G#, and the piper will know where the first beat of the bar is? :-)>

Ah Matt, trust you. But no, this is not connected (but, nevertheless, very coincidental) to our gig on Saturday.
The transcription is based on a version by Aonghas Grant that I adapted for electronic pipes for Forman Folk (a wee community music group where I act as facilitator) who wanted to play the tune (and sing the associated song).