Gin Thou Wert Mine Awn Thing reel

Also known as An Thou Were My Ain Thing, Scotch Song.

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X: 1
T: Gin Thou Wert Mine Awn Thing
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D3 G G3 B | A2 GF E4 | GF ED GA B2 | cB AG Bc d2 | D3 G G3 B |
A2 GF E2 Bc | d2 ed cB AG | G3 A B2 z :||: d2 D2 D3 B | A2 GF E3 F |
D2 d2 d3 e | de dc B2 BB | cdec BcdB | ABcA D3 e | dedB cBAG |
G3 A B4 :|]

Four comments

Gin Thou Wert Mine Awn Thing

An air, not a reel. Lovely tune used to set Air XVII, the song "O what pain it is to part" in The Beggar’s Opera. An alternative title is "Scotch Air" and it dates back at least to 1700.

Re: Gin Thou Wert Mine Awn Thing

Gin thou wert mine awn thing!

I believe the original tune was first published in "Orpheus Caledonius" (1725).
Rather than the modified Beggar’s Opera melody though, I had a go at the original Lute melody on Tenor Guitar, English Concertina & Tenor Banjo.
Interesting to note that when first published, David Rizzio, Queen Mary’s secretary, a lutenist and singer of repute, was credited as the composer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABVAOIPXjBM


Cheers,
Dick

Re: Gin Thou Wert Mine Awn Thing

I think this started off as a very old (see Ptarmigan’s comment above) Scottish air but became so popular in England that it was included as a song setting in "The Beggars Opera". Not surprising that the tune has stood the test of time. Alastair Nicholson, 21st C composer, included an attractive setting for the Burke and Hare play performed in the St Magnus Festival (Orkney) a few years ago. A community drama it was and I went because my brother-in-law had a part in it.

Re: Gin Thou Wert Mine Awn Thing

Good that this tune is being picked up ‘cos it is lovely.