The Old Maid In The Garret march

Also known as Old Maid In A Garret.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Old Maid In The Garret has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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One setting

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X: 1
T: The Old Maid In The Garret
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
M:2/4
B>A|GD B,C|D2B,C|D>D DD|ED3|
A2A>B|A2GA|B>B GG|ED3|
B2cd|c2BA|G2AB|EDB,C|
D2D>E|D2B,C|D>E DC|B,DB,C|
D2E2|D4|B2cd|c2Bc|
dBG2|D2FG|A4|G2||

Five comments

Re: The Old Maid In The Garrett

This is a comic song from a woman’s point of view, concerned that she does not have a husband: "Oh dear me, what will I do if I die an old maid in a garret?" Originally Irish, I believe, it entered Scotland through cities with sizable Irish populations like Glasgow and Dundee.

Re: The Old Maid In The Garrett

Certainly used to be sung by the late, great Belle Stewart from Blairgowrie, who mischievously would sometimes replace the word "parrot", with "carrot". If you don’t know the song, look it up.
Connecting here to 2 ceili band recordings, but seem to remember Johnny Moynihan recorded it with "Sweeney’s Men", would have been around the late 1960s.

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Re: The Old Maid In The Garret

‘Garrett’ is a misprint which has been unfortunately repeated on several releases.

I can find no evidence that this is a ‘céilí band standard’.

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