The Sailor’s hornpipe

Also known as Sailors, The Sailors, The Wapping Landlady.

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

The Sailor’s has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Sailor's has been added to 178 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Sailor's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
gf | g2G2G2dc | Bdgf gbag | a2A2A2AG | FAd2d2ef |
gfed edcB | cBAG GFED | EGFA GBAc | B2G2G2 :|
dc | Bdgd Bdgd | e2c2c2ed | ^ceae ^ceae | f2d2d2ef |
gfed edcB | cBAG GFED | EGFA GBAc | B2G2G2 :|
X: 2
T: The Sailor's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
gf |: g2G2G2dc | Bdgf gbag | a2A2A2AG | FAd^cd2ef |
gfed edcB | cBAG GFED | EGFA GBAc |1 B2G2 G2gf :|2 B2G2 G2dc ||
|: B(3d/e/f/ gd B(3d/e/f/ gd | e2c2 c2ed | ^c(3e/f/g/ ae ^c(3e/f/g/ ae | f2d2 d2ef |
gfed edcB | cBAG GFED | E/F/G F/G/A G/A/B A/B/c |1 B2G2 G2dc :|2 B2G2 G2gf ||
X: 3
T: The Sailor's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
gf |: g2G2G2dc | Bdgf gbag | a2A2A2ag | fed^cd2ef |
gfed edcB | cBAG GFED | EGFA GBAc |1 B2G2 G2gf :|2 B2G2 G2dc ||
|: Bdgd Bdgd | e2c2c2ed | ^ceae ^ceae | f2d2d2 B2|
c2 d2 edcB | cBAG GFED | EGFA GBAc |1 B2G2 G2dc :|2 B2G2 G2gf ||

Twenty-seven comments

Yeah, nah.

Sailor’s Hornpipe is the name of a particular genre of hornpipe rather than the name of a tune, like Stage Hp is another type.

One thing about this transcription: I’d say this was the more common key for the tune than D.

Yup! ~ Gee!!!

"The Sailor’s Hornpipe" is the name of a dance form, sadly also including ‘character dance’, a stereotype for a dancing sailor. A number of hornpipes picked up the name, along with the alternatives, like "Jacky Tar" & "Jack Tar". It was also a popular performance for the Vaudeville stage, along with tap dance and other stereotypes like the black-face minstrels…

You do realize that two neighs from us may set this one in concrete for a digital eternity don’t you… Like the Python knights that go Neigh!, or is it Neee? or Knee? or Ni? or Niii? or Nit? or Nnnneee!!! ~ Niegh! I say, varlet, unhand that sailor…

Jeremy may well decide to leave it. He’s said before that he doesn’t mind duplicates in different keys so long as they’re common session keys and you’re not just changing the key for the sake of it. The thing about the different settings of this one is that the pitch range is so wide that you have to change octaves, so that makes the settings quite different. Yes, it’s the same tune, but I wouldn’t be heartbroken if this one stayed.

As if either of us would lose sweat over it, eh? It’s not as if it’s like those floating t**ds of nuovo pop that keep bubbling to the surface from the deep do, the waste products of unappreciated geniuses, mutated, deformed, recycled ~ you know, the Frankenstein syndrome…

Igor, I mean Dow, no, I mean Mark ~ gather me more tune fragments so I can create more monstrosities…

Nah

DELETE IT! Only because Jeremy deleted one of my full 2 part submissions.. when only the A part was submitted previously… it doesn’t bother me though… I CAN HANDLE IT!
:-D

Then again…

As mentioned it is in G which seems to be the standard key. Ive never played it in D and probably never will…. unless there’s money involved.

What about F?

If it does go, the notes are preserved in the comments for the earlier submission of this one…

There ya go ‘c’. Despite your whinging Jeremy has let it stay. I knew he’d have the sense not to listen to you :-D

It’s past your bedtime Dow… :-(

Your phone’s ringing, ‘c’. Whatever you do, don’t answer it!

Too late, answered… Now I’m in the mood for reading Sylvia Plath… :-O

Who are you Falkbeer

in the words of ‘Cilla Black’ "Who are you and where are you from" Falkbeer.
It’s nice to know something about people on the session and sometimes helps in making useful comments. But perhaps you wish to remain anonymouse.

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Anon-y-mouse! ~ I like that hetty… I can hear you now doing your Cilla Black imitation… Now give the singing a go will you, so I can carry the laughter for another few minutes…

Hey hetty, and falkbeer, do they make their own beer on the Falklands? I haven’t seen tried that yet if they do…

"DELETE IT! Only because Jeremy deleted one of my full 2 part submissions."

If we’re going to go there, Marylander, I could bring up The Pride of Cluinte - or even Paddy’s Pigeons (few people would even have noticed it was a version of the Pigeon on the Gate, had I not mentioned it in the comments) - but I choose not to let the bees out of my bonnet.

So I leave the voting to those capable of rational thought.

"Rational Thought"? ~ care to venture a definition? :-/

My definition surely wouldn’t count for anything.

Re: The Sailor’s

Dr Dow is correct in saying that the "Sailor’s Hornpipe" is a type of dance; however the name has attached itself to this particular tune, which I also know as "The College Hornpipe".

The Sailor’s, X:2

Some variations that work second or third time through the tune, could also play runs between the high d’s and g’s, and between the e’s and a’s in the B Part.

Re: The Sailor’s

Some tune trivia on the Sailor’s Hornpipe (according to Tunearch): "….the comic ballet The Wapping Landlady (1767) was the source of the Sailor Hornpipe that was famously danced by the American dancer Durang for some twenty years at the end of the 18th century. The ballet featured the trials of Jack Tar ashore, and was choreographed by Arnold Fisher (of “Fisher’s Hornpipe” fame)."

Re: The Sailor’s

We found the tune under the name of the College Hornpipe in an old book of dance tunes ( without a cover ) that we found in London in a secondhand store . It’s in the key of C .

Re: The Sailor’s

There’s a Bb version of the College Hornpipe in Scott Skinner’s "The Scottish Violinist" published in 1900 by Bayley and Ferguson but reprinted many times since.

I bought my copy in Inverness about 15 years ago. I had a copy before but lost it.

I see that the indefatigable Dr. Dow posted a Bb version under Jack’s the Lad/College Hornpipe tune section.
https://thesession.org/tunes/1097

Skinner’s version is interesting to play.

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