The Spent Money polka

Also known as Lakes Of Sligo, The Lakes Of Sligo, Lass O’Gowrie.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Spent Money has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Spent Money
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D>E DE/F/|G>A GF|E>D EF/G/|A>G AB|
D>E DE/F/|GA B>A|GE DB|1 A2 G>E:|2 A2 G>A||
|:Bd G>A|Bd dc/B/|ce A>B|ce ed/c/|
Bd AB|GA B>A|GE DB|1 A2 G>A:|2 A2 G2||
X: 2
T: The Spent Money
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A>B AB/c/|d>e dc|B>A Bc/d/|e>d ef|
A>B AB/c/|de f>e|dB Af|1 e2 d>B:|2 e2 d>2||
|:fa d>e|fa ag/f/|gb e>f|gb ba/g/|
fa ef|de f>e|dB Af|1 e2 d>e:|2 e2 d2||
X: 3
T: The Spent Money
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D2 DE/F/ | G>A GF | E>D E/F/G | A/B/A/G/ AB |
D>E DE | GA BB/A/ | G/A/GE/ DB | AB/A/ G2 :|
|: Bd GG/A/ | B/c/d dc/B/ | ce AA/B/ | c/B/c/d/ e/4f/4e/d/c/ |
B2 AB/A/ | G>A BA | GE DB | A2 G2 :|

Six comments

For John Joe

There you go, y’boy ye!

I got this tune off Brian O’Connor’s "Come West Along The Road" album (which I reckon is one of the most under-rated albums of the past decade, so there!)

I haven’t been able to track down tab or sheet music for it and this setting is closer to the way I play it on mandolin than O’Connor plays it on flute.

A lovely, quirky polka.

Lakes of Sligo?

Aidan,
I know this one as The Lakes of Sligo and normally play it in D major. Forget the version already posted on thesession as it is erroneously scored in
1 flat instead of 2 sharps and sounds like sh*te.

Brian

(sorry … that’s a dreadful in-joke … or sort of in- … mea culpa. mea culpa, etc.)

Thanks.

I may have misremembered O’Connor and co’s take on this. I could have sworn he changed key from D to G at the change.

The G version is so much easier to play (for me at least) than the D version (the high b being always problematic for someone with my poor technique). Maybe I’ll set out the D version as The Spent Money (second setting).

Dmaj Version

X:1
T: Spent Money, The (Dmajor version)
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|:A>B AB/c/|d>e dc|B>A Bc/d/|e>d ef|
A>B AB/c/|de f>e|dB Af|1 e2 d>B:|2 e2 d>2||
|:fa d>e|fa ag/f/|gb e>f|gb ba/g/|
fa ef|de f>e|dB Af|1 e2 d>e:|2 e2 d2||


Would this be the D version?

That’s the very man!

Except I would play bars 1 and 5 as F>A AB/c/
Chris