Through The Wood, Laddie waltz

Also known as Thoro’ The Wood, Laddie, Thro The Wood Laddie.

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

Through The Wood, Laddie has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Through The Wood, Laddie
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
F>C|D3 F>G (G>F/4)G/4)|A4 fc|d2 (fd)(cA)|(A2G2) FG|A>G(AB)AG|(BA)(G>F)FG|
A>G(AB)AG|(BA) {A}G>F ~F>C|D2 F>G (G>F/4G/4)|A4 f>g|{fg}a>gfdcA|
G>FGABc|d2(fd)(cA)|c>d(cA)(GB)|A2 D>E (E>D/4E/4)|F4:|
|:f>c|d2 f>g (g>f/4g/4)|a4 fg|a2 (ba)(gf)|(a2g2) f>g|a>g(ab)(ag)|(ba)(gf) f>g|
a>g(ab)(ag)|(b>a)(gf) ~f>c|d2 f>g (g>f/4g/4)|a4 f>g|a>gfdcA|G3 ABc|
c2 (fd)(cA)|~c>d(cA)(GB)|A2D2 (E>D/4E/4)|F4:|
X: 2
T: Through The Wood, Laddie
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
FC|D2F2G2|A4f2|d2fd cA|G4FG|A3B AG|A2F2FG|AG AB AG|A2F2C2|
D2F2G2|A4fg|ag fd cA|G4 Bc|d2fd cA|c2dc BA|B2D2E2|F4:|
|:fe|d2f2g2|a4fg|a2ba gf|g4fg|a3b ag|a2f2fg|ag ab ag|a2f2c2|
d2f2g2|a4fg|ag fd cA|G4Bc|d2fd cA|c2dc BA|B2D2E2|F4:|

Four comments

Re: Through The Wood, Laddie

Niel Gow would have been about 17 when the 2nd Pocket Companion came out (1744), and 15 when it was published in McGibbon’s collection of 1742. As far as I know, neither Niel nor his son Nathaniel claimed the tune as their own composition.

And while it’s technically possible for him to have composed the tune, I think it is rather unlikely. Only that same year did people outside his home area begin to notice his prowess at playing after he won a fiddle contest in Perth.

Re: Through The Wood, Laddie

Oh Sandy why leave thou, Thy Nellie to mourn.
Thy presence could ease me, when nothing can please me
Now dowie I sigh on the banks of the burn,
or through the wood laddie until thou return

The woods now are bonny the mornings are clear.
The laverocks are singing and primroses springing
Yet none of them pleases my eye and my ear
When through the wood laddie ye dinna appear.

That I am forsaken some spare no to tell
I’m fash’d with their scorning, both evening and morning
Their jeering gaes aft to my heart with a knell.
When through the wood laddie I wander myself.

Then stay my dear Sandy no longer away.
But quick as an arrow, haste here to thy marrow
Wha’s living in langour ‘til that happy day
When through the wood laddie, we’ll dance sing and play.


From John Tatham’s The Scots Figgaries 1652.
In Alan Ramsay’s Tea Table Miscellany vol 1 1723.
John Gay used ir in his follow-up to the Beggars Opera.. Polly 1727.
Also in John Parry’s Collection of Welsh, English & Scottish Airs 1761 with variations.

Notes from my book "The Winders of Wyresdale". ( info and buy the book from www.andyhornby.net/winders.html).

This is the version in the Winder books…

X:1
T: Through The Wood Laddie
M:3/4
L:1/8
S:James Winder Ms, Lancashire, 1835-41
R:Air
A:Wyresdale,Lancashire
K:F
FC|D2F2G2|A4f2|d2fd cA|G4FG|A3B AG|A2F2FG|AG AB AG|A2F2C2|
D2F2G2|A4fg|ag fd cA|G4 Bc|d2fd cA|c2dc BA|B2D2E2|F4:|
|:fe|d2f2g2|a4fg|a2ba gf|g4fg|a3b ag|a2f2fg|ag ab ag|a2f2c2|
d2f2g2|a4fg|ag fd cA|G4Bc|d2fd cA|c2dc BA|B2D2E2|F4:|

Through The Wood, Laddie, X:2

I uploaded the version from Andy above for easier access…