Greensleeves jig

Also known as Bacca Pipes, Green Sleeves, Greensleeves & Yellow Lace, Little Bogtrotter.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Greensleeves appears in 1 other tune collection.

Greensleeves has been added to 4 tune sets.

Greensleeves has been added to 70 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: Greensleeves
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:AB|c2 c cde|dGG GAB|cAA ABc|BEE EAB|
c2 c cde|dGG GAB|cAA BcB|A3 A:|
|:ce|g2 g gfe|dGG G2 d|a2 a aba|gee eef|
gag gfe|dGG GAB|cAA BcB|A3 A:|
2
X: 2
T: Greensleeves
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:A|B2B B>cd|cAF F>GA|B2B G>AB|A>G^F/^E/ D2A|B2B B>cd|cAF F>GA|B>AG A2^F|G3 G:|
|:^e|f2f f>ed|cAF F2f|gab a2g|fdd d2^e|f2f f>ed|cAF F2A|B>AG A2^F|G3 G:|
# Added by hetty .
3
X: 3
T: Greensleeves
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:c3 B2 c|d2 B G3|cdc A2 c|B2 G E3|
c2 B c2 e|d2 B G2 B|c2 A B2 G|A3 A3:|
|:g3 g2 e|d2 B B3|g3 g2 g|a2 g e3|
efg g2 e|d2 B G2 B|c2 A B2 G|A3 A3:|
4
X: 4
T: Greensleeves
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AB|c2c c>de|dBG G>AB|c2A A>Bc|B2^G E2B
c2c c>de|dBG G>AB|c>BA B^G2|A3 z:|
|:ef|g2g g>fe|d>BG G2g|a2b c'ba|g>ee e2f
g2g g>fe|d>BG GAB|c>BA B^G2|A3 z:|
5
X: 5
T: Greensleeves
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:B|c2c c>de|dBG G>AB|c2A A>Bc|BGEE3
c2c c>de|dBG G>AB|c>BA BAG|A3 A2:|
|:f|g2g g>fe|d>BG G2g|aea abc'|b2g e3
g2g g>fe|d>BG GAB|c>BA B^G2|A3 A2:|
|:c/d/| ecA ecA|dBG dBG|ecA ecA|BGE BGE
gec gec|d>BG GAB|c>BA B^G2|A3 A2:|
6
X: 6
T: Greensleeves
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:c2c cde|d2BG2B|c2A ABc|B2GE2B|
c2c cde|d2B G2B|cBA BAG|A3A3:|
|:g2g gfe|d2BG2f|g2g gfe|a2fd2f|
g2g gfe|d2B G2B|cBA BAG|A3A3:|

Fourteen comments

Canadese in Circassian circle

A friend of mine taught me this jig that we usually play in our country as a basis for the Circassian Circle dance. He also called “Canadese” the set of tunes which includes this tune as 1st one. I look for the true tutle.

Yeah, that’s what I meant. I left schoiol at 27, so I never learnt to count properly.

Greensleeves & Yellow Lace

The tune here has a stronger similarity to “Greensleeves & Y L” than it has to “The Bunch of Roses” The ‘B’ music of this tune makes it different to “Bunch of Roses” sufficiently so in character & feel. This one is certainly un-Irish whereas, to me, the ‘B’ music of “Bunch of Roses” has an Irish feel.

“Greensleeves & Yellow Lace” is found in the Playford Dancing Master collection of 1721. English Courtly dances.

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Greensleeves & Yellow Lace

M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: Jig
K: G min
|: A | B2B B>cd | cAF F>GA | B2B G>AB | A>G^F/^E/ D2A | B2B B>cd | cAF F>GA | B>AG A2^F | G3 G :||
|: ^e | f2f f>ed | cAF F2f | gab a2g | fdd d2^e | f2f f>ed | cAF F2A | B>AG A2^F | G3 G :||

I hope I’ve got the dotted triplets right. e.g. bar 1. B>cd
It is a very stately dance so the speed is steady and with plenty of emphasis on the dotted quavers in some of the triplets.

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Greensleeves by O’Neill n.209

Thanks to hetty I found the same tune in “O’Neill: The Dance music of Ireland (1001 gems)” n.209. The first name is “Greensleeves” (and sounds very near to the famous air, but in 6/8 jig). O’Neill also calls it “Little bogtrotter” as you can find in the index book.

A Morris take

Here’s a Morris take:
X:1
T:Bacca Pipes
R:Jig
C:
S:Bacon (MDT)
N:
A:Bampton
O:English
P:A.(AB)2.A
M:6/8
K:ADor
%P:A/2.(AB)$^2$.A
P:A
|: c3 B2 c | d2 B G3 | cdc A2 c | B2 G E3 |
c2 B c2 e | d2 B G2 B | c2 A B2 G | A3 A3 :|
P:B
|: g3 g2 e | d2 B B3 | g3 g2 g | a2 g e3 |
efg g2 e | d2 B G2 B | c2 A B2 G | A3 A3 :|

Another take

X:1
T: Greensleeves
O: trad.
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K:ADor
AB | c2c c>de | dBG G>AB | c2A A>Bc | B2^G E2B
c2c c>de | dBG G>AB | c>BA B^G2 | A3 z :|
|: ef | g2g g>fe | d>BG G2g | a2b c’ba | g>ee e2f
g2g g>fe | d>BG GAB | c>BA B^G2 | A3 z :|

Greensleeves, X:6

The version from the Winders of Wyresdale tunebooks. AKA Kick my A**e (Sic), a reference to the traditional Wyresdale dance..

There are lots of versions of the Wyresdale Greensleeves dance on YouTube
https://youtu.be/m3C3iJb5SeM


From my notes..

The tune used for the Wyresdale Dance that Cecil Sharpe collected in 1911 and marked Kick My A**e in JWDM. Key sig A major in JWDM & Pe. This sounds strange and I think it more likely it was played in key sig.G as in (JaW). This simple Dorian mode version, avoids the Italianate accidentals of the better known version.
Amongst the many Morris versions that Sharpe collected around 1905, Bacca Pipes from Hinton and Bampton and Greensleeves from Stanton Harcourt are very similar to this one.
Song from the Isle of Skye, noted by James Boswell:
Green sleeves and pudding pies; Tell me where my true love lies, And I’ll be with her before she rise, Fiddle and aw’ together.

More info at.

www.andyhornby.net/Winders.html