Quote: "Oh did you see Dr. Kielly O! His boots all polished so highly, O! With his three cocked hat and his double bow knot, And his fiddle to coax the ladies, O!" It was a desperate fight to keep the hospital going in these times and as money could not be raised to build another institution the Insane were bundled in with the sick."
Funny thing is Rufus’s version is substantially different than 4209 — different enough I’d argue it probably deserved to be listed as a separate tune. Makes me wonder where Rufus got it.
But I don’t have any source for Rufus’s version other than the Kelly Russell Collection, and I don’t want to mess with Kelly’s copyright by posting it here.
Re: Dr. Kielly-O
If it has actually been in Newfoundland since the 1800’s, then that’s plenty of time for it to have a different flavour than its’ Irish counterpart. Perhaps that’s why Rufus’ setting is different, or, perhaps he made the changes himself.