President Garfield’s hornpipe

Also known as Blue Water, The Blue Water, Garfield’s, Lament For President Garfield, President Garfield, President Garfield’s.

There are 43 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Constitution (a few times), The Newcastle (a few times), The Saratoga (a few times), The Wonder (a few times) and Compliments To Sean Maguire (a few times).

President Garfield’s has been added to 2 tune sets.

President Garfield's has been added to 193 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: President Garfield's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cdor
BFDF BFDF | BABc dcde | fcAc fcAc | f=efg f_edc |
BFDF BFDF | BABc dcde | fgag fedc | B2d2B2 :||
geBG EGBg | fdBF DFBf | eAgf eAgf | dBgf dBba |
geBG EGBg | fdBF DFBf | =efag f_edc | B2d2B2 :||
X: 2
T: President Garfield's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B>A |G>D[B,3/B3/]D/ G>D[B,3/B3/]D/ | G>FG>A B>^AB>c | d>AF>A d>AF>A | d>^cd>e d>=cB>A |
G>D[B,3/B3/]D/ G>D[B,3/B3/]D/ | G>FG>A B>^AB>c | d>ef>e d>cB>A | (3GAG F>A G2 :|
|: (3agf |e>cG>E [C3/c3/]E/G>e | d>BG>D [B,3/B3/]D/G>d | ^c>de>d =c>AF>A | G>AB>c d>Gg>f |
e>cG>E [C3/c3/]E/G>e | d>BG>D [B,3/B3/]D/G>d | ^c>df>e d>=cB>A | G2 F2 G2 :|
X: 3
T: President Garfield's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmix
AECE AECE|AGAB c_ccd|eBGB eBGB|edef e=dcB|
AECE AECE|AGAB c_ccd|efgf e=dcB|1 A/B/AGB A=dcB:|2 A/B/AGB A2ag||
f=dAF =DFAf|ecAE CEAe|defe defe|cefe ceag|
f=dAF =DFAf|ecAE CEAe|^degf e=dcB|1 A/B/AGB A2ag:|2 A/B/AGB A4||
X: 4
T: President Garfield's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: (3fge |d>A (3FGA d>AF>A | d>c (3def f>e (3fga | a>ec>e a>e (3cde | a>^ga>b (3a=gf (3edc |
d>AF>A d>AF>A | d2 d>e f2 f>g | (3aba c'>b a>gf>e |[1 d2 c2 d2 :|[2 (3ded c>e d>A ||
|: d'>c' |b>gd>B (3GAB d>b | a>fd>A (3FGA d>a | g>cb>a g>cb>a | f>db>a f>dd'>c' |
b>gd>B G>Bd>b | a>fd>A F>Ad>a | ^g>ac'>b (3aba (3gfe | d>Af>e d2 :|
X: 5
T: President Garfield's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cdor
|: dc | BFDF BFDF | BABc dcd=e | fcAc fcAc | f=efg f_edc |
BFDF BFDF | BABc dcdf | agfe ecAc | (3BcB AcB2 :|
|: ba | geBG Ebag | fdBF Dfgf | ecgf ecgf | dBgf dBba |
geBG Ebag | fdBF Dfgf | =efgf _ecAc | (3BcB AcB2 :||
X: 6
T: President Garfield's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: AECE AECE | AGAB c^Bcd | eBGB eBGB | e^def e=dcB |
AECE AECE | AGAB c^Bcd | efgf e=dcB |[1 A/B/A GB A=dcB :|[2 A/B/A GB A2 ||
|: ag |fdAF DFAf | ecAE CEAe | defe defe | cefe ceag |
fdAF DFAf | ecAE CEAe | ^degf e=dcB |[1 A/B/A GB A2 :|[2 A/B/AGB A4 |]
X: 7
T: President Garfield's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
dcB |AECE AECE | AGAB cBcd | eBGB eBGB | e^def e=dcB |
AECE AECE | AGAB cBcd | efgf edcB |[1 Aaec A :|[2 Aaec A ||
|: aga |fdAF D3f | ecAE CEAe | dGfe dGfe | cAfe cAag |
fdAF DFAf | ecAE CEAe | ^degf e=dcB |[1 Aaec A :|[2 Aaec A |]
# Added by DomW .

Thirty-six comments

This tune is in Bb, but Cdor will produce two flats.

This tune is totally off the wall, but fun to play and even more fun to listen to. I play it transposed to G on the fiddle, but in the fife & drum world they play it in A, on Bb instruments putting it in the key of B. I think that Bb or G are the easiest keys for normal session instruments for this difficult tune.

We sometimes played this up a third in the key of ‘D’, mrrreowrrr!, and ‘straight’, without swing…

"President Garfield’s Hornpipe" ~ G & D & different takes

K: G Major
|: BA |
GDB,D GDB,D | GFGA BABc | dAFA dAFA | d^cde d=cBA |
GDB,D GDB,D | GFGA BABc | defe dcBA | (3GAG FA G2 :|
|: (3agf |
ecGE CEGe | dBGD B,DGd | ^cded =cAFA | GABc dGgf |
ecGE CEGe | dBGD B,DGd | ^cdfe d=cBA | G2 F2 G2 :|

K: D Major
|: (3fge |
dA (3FGA dAFA | dc (3def fe (3fga | aece ae (3cde | a^gab (3a=gf (3edc |
dAFA dAFA | d2 de f2 fg | (3aba c’b agfe |1 d2 c2 d2 :|
2 (3ded ce dA ||
|: d’c’ |
bgdB (3GAB db | afdA (3FGA da | gcba gcba | fdba fdd’c’ |
bgdB GBdb | afdA FAda | ^gac’b (3aba (3gfe | dA fe d2 :|

& I’ve enjoyed it both ways, straight and swung, though, maybe something to do with ‘age’, I love swinging it now more than ironing it out…

Lament For President Garfield

This must be the most cheerful Lament on the planet - it’s an American reel! I guess someone wasn’t to sad to see President Garfield go!

This is President Garfield’s Hornpipe (In a different key and with a different name) and I claim my £5.
As featured in "Kerr’s Merry Melodies’.
Whatever Next?

Bobby Casey’s Lament?
The Late Lamented Boys Of Bluehill?
The Home Ruler, Deceased?
The Dead Peacock’s Feather?
The Greencastle Graveyard?

I could go on …..

"Lament for President Garfield"

Key signature: B Mixolydian
Duplication submitted on December 12th 2005 by Ptarmigan.

K: B Mixolydian
|: AECE AECE | AGAB c_ccd | eBGB eBGB | edef e=dcB |
AECE AECE | AGAB c_ccd | efgf e=dcB |1 A/B/AGB A=dcB :|
2 A/B/AGB A2ag||
|: f=dAF =DFAf | ecAE CEAe | defe defe | cefe ceag |
f=dAF =DFAf | ecAE CEAe | ^degf e=dcB |1 A/B/AGB A2ag :|
2 A/B/AGB A4||

I would be surprised if this doesn’t go "POOF!", and just in case, I’ve added Ptarm’s notes for it here with the others…

# Posted on Monday, December 12th 2005 by Ottery

Not forgetting wise cracking Ottery’s addition:

This is President Garfield’s Hornpipe (In a different key and with a different name) and I claim my £5.
As featured in "Kerr’s Merry Melodies’.
Whatever Next?

Bobby Casey’s Lament?
The Late Lamented Boys Of Bluehill?
The Home Ruler, Deceased?
The Dead Peacock’s Feather?
The Greencastle Graveyard?

I could go on …..

B Mixolydian???

But Ptarmigan, it resolves on "A"… Damn, not so exotic afterall, it’s just plain ol’ A Major…

Also, to take after Ottery’s wise crackin, this isn’t B Mixolydian but is just plain ol’ A Major…and pretty much just that, with very little difference from the earlier contribution…except the tombstone…

The Old Dead Goose
The Geese in the Dogs
The Decapitated Gander
Gander on the Funeral Pyre

Leg of the Duck
Breast of the Duck
Wing of the Duck

Aye, but yer a funny lot - Ho Ho Ho!

Well Seamus & Manus McGuire actually recorded this tune on ‘Folk-Legacy Records’ in Connecticut in 1980 & they describe it as an American Reel so you would think they’d have got their facts right.

Course nowadays, folk are much more fussy about tune names & their history.

Mind you, it’s no bother for those guys to play this tune smoothly at reel speed, so it sounds perfectly plausable as a reel in their hands.

As for the key, as you have probably already noticed, I’m utterly hopeless at sortin’ out those yolks & I usually just take a stab in the dark, knowing full well that someone here is sure to jump on it & tell me the correct key.

As for all this talk of Ducks & Geese - my, but you guys are fairly gettin’ intae the Christmas spirit early aren’t you - like I said - Ho Ho Ho.

HO HO HAH! ~ this ‘old chestnut’ is regular fare any season, played straight for contras all over New England and beyond, and of course, you know those contra folk, they don’t like downers of any variety, so ‘lament’ just had to be dropped from the name if it were there. Lot’s of folks don’t even want the politics of it and just call it plain ol’ ‘Garfield’…

I still have a funny feeling this is soon to enter the digi-twilight zone…

Personally, I prefer Goose for Christmas, all that lavely fat for roasting with, and much easier to find free range. It’s damned hard to pin geese up in compounds like with those dumb turkeys…

I mean, they do allow some possessives ~ "Garfield’s"…and "Hornpipe" is OK too…issue neutral, at least I think, for the moment…?

Actually, I love game and some old farts I used to know told me Ptarmigan is really tasty. Hey that’s it, we’ll all have a Ptarmigan Christmas. Have you been properly fatted up for Christmas Ptarm?
It’s the bug in my lungs doing this to me… Flu inebriation…

Lament for President Garfield

I also know it as President Garfield’s or President Garfield’s Hornpipe. I play it in B flat. Its in Cole’s 1000 Fiddle Tunes (AKA "The Fiddler’s Bible"), M.M. Cole Publishing Co. Chicago, Illinois.

"Garfield’s" / "President Garfield’s" / "Blue Water Hornpipe"

Check the link above John, it is also in Bb, though wrongly given as C Dorian… I remember reading some history about this tune ages back, and I’m pretty sure a composer may have been listed. The tune was that popular that it shows in most American collections, and was popular all across North America and over here. As mentioned above, it’s in Kerr’s, it’s also in Cole’s, as you’ve mentioned, Ryan’s "The Fiddler’s Fakebook", being popularly played for dance in New England it is in Randy Miller’s "New England Fiddler’s Repertoire" and in Ralph Sweet’s "Fifer’s Delight", and it’s on page 216 of "The Phillips Collection of Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, Volume 2" by Stacy Phillips in Bb and under several names including just plain "Garfield’s"… Hell, even the old-time musicians give it a bow… In Canada and including the Maritimes, it features in collections by Don Messer and in "The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island"… In America a ‘hornpipe’ is more often than not played flat, not swung, or as some interpret it, in the manner of a reel… I’ll see if I can find that bit of history and if I do I’ll add it, but under the ‘Comments’ for the earlier contribution…

"President Garfield" ~ 20th President of the U.S.A.

Elected and assassinated in the same year ~ 1881…

Oh yeah, about keys, it can be and is also played in C & A Major too…

Damn, sorry gang, I forgot the Northumberland connection ~ it can also be found in "Pauline Cato’s Northumbrian Choice", another collection…published by Dave Mallinson…

I understood that it Alistair Anderson was responsible for its popularity in Northumberland. It sometimes gets played in Sydney, albeit as a reel, and in Bb. ‘s gotta be in Bb.

Good man Dow. Glad to hear that the McGuire bros. aren’t the only ones who play this as a reel - but what about giving us the ABCs for it in your favourite Bb then?

Ah, so Cdor is actually Bb - I like to learn something new every day - Thanks Dow.

Those who want to try it in Dmaj. need ‘only’ read this score in the bass (F) clef.
This tune is borderline trad. and/or Irish, isn’t it? (and if it isn’t, it is border line for my ears! Only the out of tunest fife band could do it justice!)

It was recorded by Joe Hutton the Northumbrian piper, whose instrument had the two low notes necessary.

President Garfiled’s Hornpipe

I play it in nominal G (actually F) on a seven-keyed Northumbrian pipe. Not having the lower notes means you just go up the octave. Played as a hornpipes, that actually gives it more "bounce".

According to ‘Ryan’s’ this tune was composed by one Harry Carleton, American fiddler, who also wrote ‘President Grant’ ‘THe Constitution’ and ‘The Democratic Rage’, among others. The Fiddler’s site gives more info about him.

Re: President Garfield’s

You can find the sheet music in Cole’s 1000 Fiddle Tunes. One of the best recordings was made by the Ralph Page Boston Boys in the 1940’s. Twin fiddling by the Gyulassi brothers from Boston. It is archived in the Univ of NH Special Collections
Sylvia Miskoe, Concod, NH

X: 5 "President Garfield’s Hornpipe"

N: # Added by Ptarmigan - December 12th, 2005

President Garfield’s, X:6

from the brilliant box playing of Tim Edey (in a lovely set with the Tarbolton and the Jolly Beggarman)

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