The Rambling Sailor reel

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Rambling Sailor has been added to 25 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
cAAc BGAB|c2GE FEDG|~c3G AcGE|FEDE FGAB|
cAAc BGAB|c2GE FEDG|CE~E2 CEGE|FGAB c2cB|
cGcd edef|~g3a gfed|cGcd efeG|deed cGAB|
cGcd edef|~g3a gfed|~c3G AcGE|FEDE FGAB|
cded ~c3G|AcGE FEDG|cded cdef|~g3a gfed|
cded ~c3G|AcGE FEDG|CE~E2 CEGE|FGAB c2cB|
X: 2
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: "Part A" BG | "Em" E2 B2 "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 "Bm" d3 d |\
|: "Part B" B2 | "G" BcdB "Em" e2 e2 | "G" BcdB "Em" e2 e2 |\
dB "A" cA "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 z2 :||!
# Added by Yogi .

Five comments

The Rambling Sailor

Played often in Sydney. This is a flute setting transcribed direct from a minidisc recording.

Bar 22 of the sheetmusic should be |AcGE FEDG|

This is the way Paddy O’Brien had it on his recording with Seamus Connolly. In O’Neill, it’s in D major, so maybe O’Brien "adjusted" it for the box.

Strike the Gay Harp

I came across this in O’Neills 1001 (in D as mentioned above) and was immediately struck by its similarity to Strike the Gay Harp. It’s a reel version of the jig (or vice versa!).

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We have a completely different tune called ‘The Rambling Sailor’, but according to the FAQ I cannot submit another setting of an existing tune, so here it is. This tune, in E Dorian is used for a dance by Brighton Morris Men. There is a song that goes with it, but we don’t usually sing it, and I can’t remember the words.

X:326
T:Rambling Sailor
M:4/4
S:A(AB)5
R:Reel
Z:John (Yogi) Allen for BMM
Q:150
K:E Dorian
|: "Part A" BG | "Em" E2 B2 "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 "Bm" d3 d |\
dB "A" cA "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 z2 :|!
|: "Part B" B2 | "G" BcdB "Em" e2 e2 | "G" BcdB "Em" e2 e2 |\
"Bm" d2 Bd "A" c2 A2 | "G" BcBA "D" F2 F2 |!
"Em" E2 B2 "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 "Bm" d3 d |\
dB "A" cA "G" BG "D" AF | "Em" E2 E2 z2 :||!

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