The Rambling Sailor polka

Also known as The Hopeful Lover, Jack O’Connell’s, The Lighthouse, Phil Murphy’s, The Shady Road To Clamper, Tom Carroll’s, The Wistful Lover.

There are 14 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Rambling Sailor has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Rambling Sailor has been added to 59 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

1
X: 1
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|G2 Bd|gd ed|G2 Bd|eB d2|
G2 Bd|gd ed|e/f/g/e/ dB|DE G:|
|:A|B2 BA|Bd ed|B2 Bd|B/A/G A2|
B2 BA|Bd ed|e/f/g/e/ dB|DE G:|
2
X: 2
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G>A Bd |gd ed |G>A Bd |ed/B/ d2 |
G>A Bd |gd ed |ef/e/ dB |AG G2 :|
B2 BA |Bd ed |B2 BG |BA/G/ A2 |
B2 BA |Bd ed |ef/e/ dB |AG G2 :|
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3
X: 3
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: c>B cA | ce fe | c>B ce | c/B/A B2 |
c>B cA | ce fe | f/g/a/f/ ec | BA A2 :|
|: A>B ce | ae fe | A>B ce | fc e2 |
A>B ce | ae fe | f/g/a/f/ ec | BA A2 :|
4
X: 4
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G/A/ |\
B>^A BG | Bd ed | B>^A Bd | B/A/G AG/A/ |
BB/A/ BG | B/c/d eg | e/f/g/e/ d>B | AG G :|
|: D |\
G>A Bd | gd ed | GG/A/ B/c/d | eB d2 |
GG/A/ B/c/d/B/ | gd e2 | eg/e/ d>B | AG G :|
5
X: 5
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: E |\
A>B ce | ae fe | A>B ce | f/e/c ef |
A>B ce | ae fe | Ac BA/B/ | cA A :|
e |\
ce A>B |ce fe | ce A>B | ce B2 |
ce A>B |ce fe | Ac BA/B/ | cA Ae |
ce Ac |eA ce | Ac ec | dB e>d |
ce A>B |ce fe | Ac BA/B/ | cA A |]
6
X: 6
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:AA/A/ ce|aa fe|AA/A/ ce|aa f2|
AA/A/ ce|aa fe|f>e ce|1 EF A2:|2 EF AB||
|:c>c cB|ce fe|c>c cB|c/B/A B2|
c>c cB|ce fe|f/g/a ed|1 c/B/A AB:|2 c/B/A A2||
7
X: 7
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G>A Bd | gd f/e/d | G>A Bd | eB d2 |
GA Bd | gd ed | eg/e/ de | DE G2 :|
|: B/c/B/A/ BA | Bd ed | B>c Bd | B/A/G A2 |
B>c BA | Bd ed | eg/e/ de | DE G2 :|
8
X: 8
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: A>B ce | ae fe | A>B ce | fc e2 |
AB ce | ae fe | fa/f/ ef | EF A2 :|
|: c>e cB | ce fe | c>d ce | c/B/A B2 |
c>e cB | ce fe | fa/f/ ef | EF A2 :|
9
X: 9
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: A>B ce | ae fe | A>B ce | fc ec/B/ |
A>B ce | ae fe | f/a/f/e/ ce |1 AF Ac/B/ :|2 AF AB ||
|: c2 cA | ce fe | c2 ce | c/B/A B2 |
c2 cA | ce fe | fa/f/ ec |1 BA AB :|2 BA Ac/B/ ||
10
X: 10
T: The Rambling Sailor
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G2 Bd | gf/g/ ed | G2 Bd | eB d2 |
G2 Bd | gf/g/ ed | e/f/g/e/ dB | DE G2 :|
|: Bd/A/ BA | Bd ed | Bd/A/ Bd | BG A2 |
Bd/A/ BA | Bd ed | e/f/g/e/ dB | DE G2 :|

Twenty-four comments

Source: Dan Herlihy - the night of the fair
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

Phil Murphy

I know this polka named after a Wexford musician, Phil Murphy who played harmonica. Phil Murphy lived at Bannow on the Wexford coast. He passed on in 1989 I think and there is a weekend trad. music festival each August down in Bannow named after him.

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Phil Murphy’s

See also
http://www.philmurphyweekend.com
for more info. on Phil and also reel ‘Trip to Cullenstown’ on this site. Cullenstown is local townland in Bannow.

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Hopeful Lover

This tune is fairly well known in Scotland as "The Hopeful Lover". The Mull accordionist Bobby MacLeod noted that the first 8 bars were traditional, while the second 8 bars were composed by him. Source: Bobby Macleod’s Selection (Glasgow n.d.).

The Wistful Lover

This tune is nicely done on the Murphy family album Trip to Cullenstown where it travels under the title "The Wistful Lover". There is a different setting of the tune posted on the site here: https://thesession.org/tunes/4970

"The Rambling Sailor"

That’d be my da, but this transcription is from the squeezin’ of that lovely and considerate box player Jackie Daly, also featured on his recording "Jackie Daly: Domhnach is Dálach / Many’s a Wild Night", track 12, the third polka of three.

~ | c2 cB | ~ or ~ | c>c cB | ~ or ~ | cc/c/ cB | ~

Other ways with just that one bar…

~ | c2 cA | ~ or ~ | c>B cA | ~ or ~ | cc/B/ cA | ~ or ~ | cc/B/ c/B/A | ~

Etc… 😉

"The Rambling Sailor" ~ a G take on it

X: 3
T: Rambling Sailor, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: GMaj
|: G/A/ |\
B>^A BG | Bd ed | B>^A Bd | BA/G/ AG/A/ |
B>^A BG | B/c/d e>d | e/f/g/e/ dB | AG G :|
|: D |\
G>A Bd | gd ed | G>A Bd | eB d2 |
G>A B/c/d | gd ed | e/f/g/e/ dB | AG G :|

"The Rambling Sailor" ~ Brian Hughes has a go at it ~

confusing the B-part with another and then letting fly his fantasies of form ~ also from t’other way round to start…

X: 3
T: Rambling Sailor, The
S: "Brian Hughes: Whistle Stop"
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Amaj
|: A>B ce | ae fe | A>B ce | f/e/c ef |
A>B ce | ae fe | Ac BA/B/ |[1 cA A2 :|[2 cA Ae ||
ce A>B |ce fe | ce A>B | ce B2 |
ce A>B |ce fe | Ac BA/B/ | cA Ae |
ce Ac |eA ce | Ac ec | dB e>d |
ce A>B |ce fe | Ac BA/B/ | cA A2 |]

That should have read ~ "Brian Hughes has his way with it." 😀

Speak of the devil…

I actually logged on just to find the ABC’s for this tune, and lo and behold, there it was right on the front!…

Perfectly suited to the Scots pipes scale (but for the semi quaver run: <f/g/a/f/ ec | BA A2> : Play it; <fa/f/ ec | BA A2> the tune is still as strong.

The rambling sailor JosephC stumbled on the land of Serendippo!

I’m a psychic… 😎

Hopeful Lover

X: 2 Is how I know it as the Hopeful Lover. Nice on the fiddle.

Re: The Shady Road To Clamper

This may be Scottish in origin, but it would have been written far before Bobby MacLeod’s birth… Tom Billy Murphy of Ballydesmond, Co. Cork gave this to Jack O’Connell of the Lighthouse, north of Ballydesmond. Jack can be heard playing it on the RTE Radio Documentary into the life of Tom Billy. Though many of Blind Tom’s tunes did seem to have roots in Scottish tunes, I would a present a two fold argument: Many Scottish tunes originally came over from Ireland, particularly marches, and many Sliabh Luachra tunes came from returned Yanks that played with Scots-Irish in America, such as one Cal O’Callaghan of Doonasleen, Kishkeam.

Re: The Shady Road To Clamper

"Many Scottish tunes originally came over from Ireland, particularly marches…"

That’s interesting. Which ones?

X: 4 & 5 "The Rambling Sailor"

From the squeezin’ of Pat Sullivan…

The Rambling Sailor, X:9

From the playing of North Cregg.

Transposed down from Bbmaj.

The Rambling Sailor, X:10

From the playing of Timmy O’Connor.