The Night Before Larry Was Stretched slip jig

Also known as The Night Before Larry Got Stretched, The Night Before Poor Larry Was Stretched, The Night Poor Larry Got Stretched, The Night Poor Larry Was Stretched.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Drops Of Brandy (a few times).

The Night Before Larry Was Stretched has been added to 17 tune sets.

The Night Before Larry Was Stretched has been added to 248 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Night Before Larry Was Stretched
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:GFE EB,E E2 G|FED DA,D FGA|GFE EB,E E2 G|FGA ABG FED:|
|:G2 B BcA B3|G2B Bcd ecA|G2 B BcA Bcd|e2 A ABG FED:|
X: 2
T: The Night Before Larry Was Stretched
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
| : dcB BFB B2 d | cBA AFA cde | dcB BFB B2 d | cde efd cBA : |
| : d2f fge f2 e | d2 f fga bge | d2 f fge fga | b2 e efd cBA : |
X: 3
T: The Night Before Larry Was Stretched
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:GFE EB,E E2 G|FED DA,D FGA|GFE EB,E E2 G|FGA ABG FED:|
|:GAB BcB d2B|GAB Bcd cAF|GAB BcA B2B|c2 A ABG FED:|
X: 4
T: The Night Before Larry Was Stretched
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:BAG GDG G2 B|AGF FCF ABc|BAG GDG G2 B|ABc cdB AGF:|
|:Bdd ded f3|B2d def ecA|B2 d ded d2d|dcB cdB AGF:|
X: 5
T: The Night Before Larry Was Stretched
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:BAG GDG G2 B|AGF FCF ABc|BAG GDG G2 B|ABc cdB AGF:|
|:Bcd ded f2d|Bcd def ecA|Bcd ded d2d|edc cdB AGF:|
X: 6
T: The Night Before Larry Was Stretched
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:cBA AEA A2 c|BAG GDG Bcd|cBA AEA A2 c|Bcd dec BAG:|
|:cde efe g2e|cde efg fdB|cde efe e2e|fed dec BAG:
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Night Before Larry Was Stretched
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:cBA AEA A2 c|BAG GDG Bcd|cBA AF/G/A A2 c|Bcd dec BAG|
cBA AEA A2 c|BAG D3 Bcd|cBA AEA A2 c|Bcd dec BAG||
|:cde e=fe g3|cde e=fg =fdB|cde e=fe g3|=fed dec BAG|
cde e=fe g2e|cde e=fg =fdB|cde e=fe g2e|=fed dec BAG||
# Added by JACKB .

Eleven comments

Nice simple slip jig

I’ve plucked up enough courage again to submit another tune. ;-)
I learned this one from Claire Mann’s CD where it is credited as being "traditional". Hope it’s not a "hanging offence" to post it here. ;-)

It’s very easy and catchy but take care not to get it mixed up with "Kid on the Mountain".

Martin Hayes (fiddle) does a lovely job on this. Di I just mention M***** H****? Oh dear. Will this start a flame war?

I’ve loved this tune for years. RM Levey has it in Gmi, and I like the way it sits on the fiddle in that key.

Thanks for this post; I’ve been looking for this as it’s the tune to the dublin song of the same name.

The night before Larry was stretched,
The boys they all paid him a visit;
A bait in their sacks, too, they fetched;
They sweated their duds till they riz it:
For Larry was ever the lad, 5
When a boy was condemned to the squeezer,
Would fence all the duds that he had
To help a poor friend to a sneezer,
And warm his gob ’fore he died.

The boys they came crowding in fast,
They drew all their stools round about him,
Six glims round his trap-case were placed,
He couldn’t be well waked without ’em.
When one of us asked could he die
Without having truly repented,
Says Larry, “That’s all in my eye;
And first by the clargy invented,
To get a fat bit for themselves”

“I’m sorry, dear Larry,” says I,
“To see you in this situation;
And blister my limbs if I lie,
I’d as lieve it had been my own station.”
“Ochone! it’s all all over,” says he,
“For the neck-cloth I’ll be forced to put on,
And by this time to-morrow you’ll see
Your poor Larry as dead as a mutton,
Because, why, his courage was good.

“And I’ll be cut up like a pie,
And my nob from my body be parted.
“You’re in the wrong box, then,” says I,
“For blast me if they’re so hard-hearted;
A chalk on the back of your neck
Is all that Jack Ketch dares to give you;
Then mind not such trifles a feck,
For why should the likes of them grieve you?
And now, boys, come tip us the deck.”

The cards being called for, they played,
Till Larry found one of them cheated;
A dart at his napper he made
(The boy being easily heated) ;
“Oh, by the hokey, you thief,
I’ll scuttle your nob with my daddle!
You cheat me because I’m in grief,
But soon I’ll demolish your noddle,
And leave you your claret to drink.”

Then the clergy came in with his book,
He spoke him so smooth and so civil;
Larry tipped him a Kilmainham look,
And pitched his big wig to the devil;
Then sighing, he threw back his head,
To get a sweet drop of the bottle,
And pitiful sighing, he said:
“Oh, the hemp will be soon round my throttle,
And choke my poor windpipe to death.

“Through sure it’s the best way to die,
Oh, the devil a better a-living!
For, sure when the gallows is high
Your journey is shorter to heaven:
But what harasses Larry the most,
And makes his poor soul melancholy,
Is to think on the time when his ghost
Will come in a sheet to sweet Molly—
Oh, sure it will kill her alive!”

So moving these last words he spoke,
We all vented our tears in a shower;
For my part, I thought my heart broke,
To see him cut down like a flower.
On his travels we watched him next day,
Oh, the throttler! I thought I could kill him;
But Larry not one word did say,
Nor changed till he came to “King William”—
Then, musha! his color grew white.

When he came to the nubbling chit,
He was tucked up so neat and so pretty,
The rumbler jogged off from his feet,
And he died with his feet to the city;
He kicked, too—but that was all pride,
But soon you might see ’twas all over;
Soon after the noose was untied,
And at darky we waked him in clover,
And sent him to take a ground sweat.

Missing a bar in this tune

The version I have has an extra bar in the B section which makes the words fit perfectly. It is also in A minor not E minor, but it could have been moved. I’ll try to post it here in the next few days.

Here is my abc’s in D major:


The night before Larry was stretched

| : dcB BFB B2 d | cBA AFA cde | dcB BFB B2 d | cde efd cBA : |
| : d2f fge f2 e | d2 f fga bge | d2 f fge fga | b2 e efd cBA : |

I believe you mean Bm.

I think it’s in the family of "Humours of Whiskey."

second part a la Martin Hayes

second part a la Martin Hayes as played on ‘Welcome Here Again’

T: The Night Before Larry Was Stretched
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:GFE EB,E E2 G|FED DA,D FGA|GFE EB,E E2 G|FGA ABG FED:|
|:GAB BcB d2B|GAB Bcd cAF|GAB BcA B2B|c2 A ABG FED:|

The Night Before Larry Was Stretched, X:5

Best I can tell Martin Hayes plays it this way.