I Had A Lass Till I Ran At Her reel

Also known as Ha’d The Lass Till I Run At Her, Had The Lass Tel I Won At Hir, Had The Lass Till I Win At Her, Had The Lass Till I Winn At Her, Haud The Lass Till I Come At Her, Hod The Lass, Hod The Lass Till I Run At Her, Hod The Lass While I Run At Her, Hold The Lass While I Run At Her.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

I Had A Lass Till I Ran At Her has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: I Had A Lass Till I Ran At Her
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A e2 g fdec|A e2 g2 GdB|A e2 g fdef|g2 a/2g/2f/2e/2 dGdB:|
|:Ag f/2g/2a fdec|Ag f/2g/2a GB/2c/2 dB|Ag f/2g/2a fdef|g2 a/2g/2f/2e/2 dGdB:|
X: 2
T: I Had A Lass Till I Ran At Her
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
Ae-eg fdec|Ae-eg gGdB|Aeeg fdef|g-g a/g/f/e/ dGdB:|
|:Ag f/g/a fdec|Ag f/g/a GB/c/ dB|Ag f/g/a fdef|gg a/g/f/e/ dBdB:|
Aeeg fdec|Aeeg BGdB|Aeeg fdef|gedg BGdB:|
|:Ag fg/a/ fdec|Ag fg/a/ BGdB|Ag fg/a/ fdef|gedg BGdB:|
Aeeg fdec|Aeef gG B/c/d/B/|Aeeg fdef|gddg BG B/c/d/B/:|
|:Ag f/g/a fdec|Ag f/g/a BgdB|Ag f/g/a fdef|gddg BG B/c/d/B/:|

Eleven comments

I Had a Lass

I presume he didn’t have a lass afterwards. Pete Cooper and Richard Bolton play this weird little tune on their CD The Savage Hornpipe. They play it with c-sharps I think the third time round. Don’t ask me why, I think it just sounds out of place.
It’s also known as Hod the Lass While I Run At Her. I’m glad I never met him…

Sounds like a Border tune to me, if only because their names often trumpet singularly raw behaviours!

A misunderstanding of the title…

Does the title come off their CD as well, or is it your attempt at a translation, Joe? You’re obviously not from the northeast! It’s not "had" as in "to have". It’s "haad" or "ha’d" or "haud" (or however you want to spell it) meaning "hold", or more probably in a looser sense of "keep her there" or "keep her with you", rather than physically detaining her! Your title doesn’t make sense as it stands. It’s not "I" did anything. It’s a request for someone else to do it.

I’m not sure but I think "win at her" means something like "get to her" or "find my way to her".

I think your key sig should be Amix. It’s a Border pipes tune.

This is a really old tune. It appears in 18th & 19th century manuscripts from the north of England and Scotland. The setting you posted is the same as this one I found on the net, apart from the key of course:

X: 1
T: Ha’d The Lass Till I Run At Her
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
Q: 160
S: J.Lishman(?)MS, c1825, Lakes, Browne Coll.
R: Reel
O: England
A: Lakes
Z: vmp.Chris Partington
F: http://www.village-music-project.org.uk/abc/browne13.ABC 2007-05-17 02:38:04 UT
K:D
Ae-eg fdec|Ae-eg gGdB|Aeeg fdef|g-g a/g/f/e/ dGdB:|
|:Ag f/g/a fdec|Ag f/g/a GB/c/ dB|Ag f/g/a fdef|gg a/g/f/e/ dBdB:|

A really straightforward appears in the Vickers manuscript, albeit in the wrong key (this was a common problem in said manuscript), so I corrected it:

X: 1
T: Had The Lass Tel I Won At Hir
T: Had The Lass Till I Win At Her
T: Haud The Lass Till I Come At Her
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
S: William Vickers (1770)
R: reel
K: Amix
Aeeg fdec|Aeeg BGdB|Aeeg fdef|gedg BGdB:|
|:Ag fg/a/ fdec|Ag fg/a/ BGdB|Ag fg/a/ fdef|gedg BGdB:|

A setting in Aird’s collection (time sig corrected) reappears in other sources:

X: 1
T: Had the Lass till I win at her
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
S: Aird’s Airs and Melodies vol 1
S: Rev.R.Harrison’s MS, c1815, Cumbria
K: Amix
Aeeg fdec|Aeef gG B/c/d/B/|Aeeg fdef|gddg BG B/c/d/B/:|
|:Ag f/g/a fdec|Ag f/g/a BgdB|Ag f/g/a fdef|gddg BG B/c/d/B/:|

Hod the lass, had a lass….

On the CD, it’s simply called "Hod the Lass", but in the sleeve notes, it says that its full name is "Hod the Lass While I Run At Her". HOWEVER, I first learnt it from Pete Cooper about four years ago at Folkworks, where he played it in E, and called it "I Had a Lass Till I Ran At Her"

As I said, they do play it through once in Amix, but I think it just sounds wrong.

Ok, well, I suppose at least it’s a good thing that the Folkworks teachers are fostering an appreciation of the older, local repertoire, and not just modern tunes…

Yeah, the Wizard’s Walk isn’t the only tune they teach us there…

That’s heartening.

The first part sounds like this Donegal(?) reel:
K:A mixolydian
A2eg fdec A3c BAGB A2eg fdef gfgd BAGB…
What’s its name again?

Tune origin

This is probably the origin of the Irish reel ‘Tie the Bonnet’ .