Sleepy Maggie reel

Also known as Sleeepy Maggie, Sleepy Moggy, Small Coals An’ Little Money, Small Coals And Little Money, Small Coals And Ready Money, To The Quick.

There are 49 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Oyster Wife’s Rant (a few times), The Ale Is Dear (a few times), Dinkey’s (a few times), Drowsy Maggie (a few times) and The Hag With The Money (a few times).

Sleepy Maggie has been added to 10 tune sets.

Sleepy Maggie has been added to 349 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Sleepy Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
f2Bb fBde|f2Ba eAce|f2Bb fBde|f^gaf eAce:|
fBdB fBde|fBdB eAce|fBdB fBde|f^gaf eAce|
fBdB fBde|fBdB eAce|fBbB aB^gB|f^gaf eAce|
X: 2
T: Sleepy Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
f2de fBde|f2df eAce|f2de fBde|fgaf eAce:|
|:fBdB fBde|fBdB eAce|1 fBdB fBde|fgaf eAce:|2 dcBc defg|abaf eAce||
|:fBbB fBde|fBbB aAce|fBbB aBgB|fBgB aAce:|
f2de fBde|f2df eAce|f2de fBde|fgaf eAce:|
|:fBdB fBde|fBdB eAce|fBdB fBde|fgaf eAce:|
|:f2db Bfde|f2db Aece|f2db Bfde|fbaf eAce:|
|:fBbB fBde|fBbB aAce|fBbB aBgB|fBgB aAce:|
e2cd eAcd|e2ce dGBd|e2cd eAcd|efge dGBd:|
|:eAcA eAcd|eAcA dGBd|eAcA eAcd|efge dGBd:|
|:e2ca Aecd|e2ca GdBd|e2ca Aecd|eage dGBd:|
|:eAaA eAcd|eAaA gGBd|eAaA gAfA|eAfA gGBd:|
X: 3
T: Sleepy Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
|:fB B/B/B fBce | fB B/B/B eAce | fB B/B/B fBce | fgaf eAce:|
|:f2 f/a/b fBce | f2 f/g/a eAce | f2 f/a/b fBce | fgaf eAce:|
|:fB B/B/B bB B/B/B | aB B/B/B eAce | fBbB aBgB | fgaf eAce:|
X: 4
T: Sleepy Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
e2Aa edBd|e2 e/f/g edBd|e2Aa edBd|efge dGBd:|
eA~A2 edBd|eA~A2 BGBd|eA~A2 edBd|efge dGBd:|
X: 5
T: Sleepy Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
e2 cA eA B/c/d|e2 cA dG B/c/d|e2 cA eA B/c/d|edge dG B/c/d:|
|:eAcA eA B/c/d|eAcA dG B/c/d|eAcA eA B/c/d|edge dG B/c/d:|
X: 6
T: Sleepy Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
|: e2 Aa edB<d | e2 g2 B<GB<d | e2 Aa edB<d | e>fg>e d<GB<d :|
|: eA A2 eAB<d | eA A2 B<GB<d | eA A2 eAB<d | e>fg>e d<GB<d :|
X: 7
T: Sleepy Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: f2 Bb fec<e | f2 a2 c<Ac<e | f2 Bb fec<e | f>ga>f e<Ac<e :|
|: fB B2 fBc<e | fB B2 c<Ac<e | fB B2 fBc<e | f>ga>f e<Ac<e :|

Twenty-one comments

There are a couple tunes on this site with the name Sleepy Maggie. They are NOT the tune "Sleepy Maggie," They are the tune "Drowsy Maggie" — which is played after Sleepy Maggie, because Drowsy Maggie is "Sleepy Maggie When She Wakes." After all, isn’t that what Drowsy Maggie is? Now all we need is a "Completely Woken Up Maggie" but that isn’t a very catchy title….

Scottish

I believe this is a Scottish tune which is the basis for that famous reel Jenny’s Chickens

Completely Woken Up Maggie

Okay, you have presented the challenge, and I’ll take it. I’ll get working on it right away.

Josh: You do realize that "Completely Woken Up Maggie" must be a very slow air, seeing as Sleepy Maggie and Drowsy Maggie are both very very fast. Make sense? :-)

Maybe Maggie was Drowsey & Sleepy from being played too damn much. Howsabout "Leave Maggie Alone"

Scottish

I believe it’s related to the same reel as well….just a little updated, that’s all.

Sleepy Maggie

There are lots of different settings of this with 2, 3 or 4 parts. I’ve collected some of the important ones together for the benefit of anyone else confused by all of these versions:

The posted version is a basic 2-part setting. Another common one is the early 20th century O’Neill’s version which has 3 parts. The B-part has a run which I suspect was a late addition to substitute for a missing part:

X: 1
T: Sleepy Maggie
R: reel
Z: O’Neill’s (1903)
M: C|
K: Bdor
f2de fBde|f2df eAce|f2de fBde|fgaf eAce:|
|:fBdB fBde|fBdB eAce|1 fBdB fBde|fgaf eAce:|2 dcBc defg|abaf eAce||
|:fBbB fBde|fBbB aAce|fBbB aBgB|fBgB aAce:|

The 4-part Bdor setting appears in a few sources including Ryan’s Mammoth Collection from the late 19th century (I’ve simplified the abc a bit):

X: 1
T: Sleepy Maggie
R: reel
Z: Ryan’s Mammoth Collection (1883)
M: C|
K: Bdor
f2de fBde|f2df eAce|f2de fBde|fgaf eAce:|
|:fBdB fBde|fBdB eAce|fBdB fBde|fgaf eAce:|
|:f2db Bfde|f2db Aece|f2db Bfde|fbaf eAce:|
|:fBbB fBde|fBbB aAce|fBbB aBgB|fBgB aAce:|

This same setting appears in the much older Lionel Winship manuscript (dated 1833), albeit under the title "Sleepy Meggy" and in the mode of Ador, having been arranged for the Northumbrian pipes, which uses the scale of Gmaj for transcription purposes. I think it sounds nicer in this key - less shrill and a little more mellow:

X: 1
T: Sleepy Meggy
R: reel
Z: Lionel Winship (1833)
M: C|
K: Ador
e2cd eAcd|e2ce dGBd|e2cd eAcd|efge dGBd:|
|:eAcA eAcd|eAcA dGBd|eAcA eAcd|efge dGBd:|
|:e2ca Aecd|e2ca GdBd|e2ca Aecd|eage dGBd:|
|:eAaA eAcd|eAaA gGBd|eAaA gAfA|eAfA gGBd:|

Cape Breton version

I took the liberty of transcribing a Cape Breton setting of this tune from Rodney MacDonald’s tape entitled Dancer’s Delight (not on this site, but then it’s not especially Irish.)

X: 1
T: Sleepy Maggie, Cape Breton version
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Bdor
|:fB B/B/B fBce | fB B/B/B eAce | fB B/B/B fBce | fgaf eAce:|
|:f2 f/a/b fBce | f2 f/g/a eAce | f2 f/a/b fBce | fgaf eAce:|

Crucially, it has an alternate B-part which seems to be played every other time instead of the B-part above:

|:fB B/B/B bB B/B/B | aB B/B/B eAce | fBbB aBgB | fgaf eAce:|

Sleepy Maggie: piping version in Ador

Pipers and fluters don’t have to struggle with Bm fiddle versions. Here’s a much simpler yet effective one from Scots piper Hamish Moore.

K: Ador
e2Aa edBd|e2 e/f/g edBd|e2Aa edBd|efge dGBd:|
eA~A2 edBd|eA~A2 BGBd|eA~A2 edBd|efge dGBd:|

I suspect very similar versions are still being played by Cape Breton pipers.

I found that a 2-part version of this reel often appears in Northumbrian collections as Small Coals an’ Little Money.

X: 1
T: Small Coals an’ Little Money
T: Small Coals and Ready Money
L: 1/8
M: C
S: Bruce & Stokoe – Northumbrian Minstrelsy (1882)
Z: AK/Fiddler’s Companion
K: ADor
e2 cA eA B/c/d|e2 cA dG B/c/d|e2 cA eA B/c/d|edge dG B/c/d:|
|:eAcA eA B/c/d|eAcA dG B/c/d|eAcA eA B/c/d|edge dG B/c/d:|

Working on our holidays eh? You just can’t keep away… ;-)

“Sleepy Maggie” ~ rescued duplication

Key signature: a minor
Submitted on October 21st 2008 by jdgrahamo.
~ /tunes/9025

X: 8
T: Sleepy Maggie
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gdor
|: e2 Aa edB<d | e2 g2 B<GB<d | e2 Aa edB<d | e>fg>e d<GB<d :|
|: eA A2 eAB<d | eA A2 B<GB<d | eA A2 eAB<d | e>fg>e d<GB<d :|

This is the version I learned as a boy. In 1936 the tunes of the 1st and 2nd battalions of the Seaforth Highlanders were standardized and published as their tunebook (more of a manual really) . The grace notes are simple doublings and cuts, which I have omitted for clarity. And laziness.

# Posted on October 21st 2008 by jdgrahamo

Yours is the version from the Scots Guards book 2 which has the first two parts in Am and then transposed to Bm to make it a 4 part tune. Quite effective actually.

# Posted on October 21st 2008 by bogman

K: Gdor above was as originally submitted, correction ~ K: Amin

X: 8
T: Sleepy Maggie
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amin

Dorian, Dear Dorian, no minor distraction

As given, my inclination is to play that take with the Fs sharped, f#, ^f, not natural, making the tune A Dorian rather than A minor ~ see the previous contributions above by Dow, slainte & Loftus.

“Gypsy Maggie” ~ Gdor ~ jdgrahamo’s transcription ~ Phrygian :-/

Gdor = B flat, Bb, _B & F natural, =F…

That take on the tune resolving on A ~ the relative key is not as I mistakenly gave it, a minor, K: Amin. The relative key ~ B flat, F natural & resolving on A ~ would be ~

X: 8
T: Sleepy Maggie
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: A Phrygian

Somehow, I don’t think so…but interesting… :-D So, another take in Phrygian just for the hell of it… Here’s jdrahamo’s transcription raise a step to B Phrygian, so others might more easily give this tune a try in Phrygian mode ~

X: 9
T: Sleepy Maggie
T: Gypsy Maggie
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: B Phrygian
|: f2 Bb fec<e | f2 a2 c<Ac<e | f2 Bb fec<e | f>ga>f e<Ac<e :|
|: fB B2 fBc<e | fB B2 c<Ac<e | fB B2 fBc<e | f>ga>f e<Ac<e :|

YEE HA!!! 8-)

Re: Sleepy Maggie

I thought "Drowsy Maggie" and "Sleepy Maggie" were active tunes because a kindly musical friend of Maggie’s was trying to "wake her up," to energize her, so to speak … like when you hear a catchy tune and just have to get up and dance. In which case, if there is any point in getting Maggie sleepy again after she’s awoken, then "Woken Maggie" should be a lullaby …