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 40 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 Wonder (a few times), Compliments To Sean Maguire (a few times) and Joe Bane’s Schottische (a few times).

President Garfield’s has been added to 1 tune set.

President Garfield's has been added to 165 tunebooks.

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Four 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: Dmaj
GDB,D GDB,D | GFGA BABc | dAFA dAFA | d^cde d=cBA |
GDB,D GDB,D | GFGA BABc | defe dcBA | (3GAG FA G2 :|
ecGE CEGe | dBGD B,DGd | ^cded =cAFA | GABc dGgf |
ecGE CEGe | dBGD B,DGd | ^cdfe d=cBA | G2 F2 G2 :|
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 :|
bgdB (3GAB db | afdA (3FGA da | gcba gcba | fdba fdd'c' |
bgdB GBdb | afdA FAda | ^gac'b (3aba (3gfe | dA fe d2 :|
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 :|
|: f=dAF =DFAf | ecAE CEAe | defe defe | cefe ceag |
f=dAF =DFAf | ecAE CEAe | ^degf e=dcB |1 A/B/AGB A2ag :|
X: 4
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 :||

Sixteen 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”

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…

“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…

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