I Would Have Preferred Thee At First, But Not Now Sir jig

Also known as I Would Have Preferred You First, I Would Have Preferred You First, But Not Now Sir, Nuair’ Chunnic Mi’n Tòs Thu, Dheaninn Do Phòsadh.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

I Would Have Preferred Thee At First, But Not Now Sir has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: I Would Have Preferred Thee At First, But Not Now Sir
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:AAA c<ce|efe c<ce|AAA c<ce|f/g/dB B<Be|
AAA c<ce|efe c<cA|dBB g2B|cAA A<Ae:|
|:aga c<ce|A<Ae c<ce|aga c<ce|f/g/dB B<Be|
aga c<ce|A<Ae c<cA|dBB g2B|cAA A<Ae:|
2
X: 2
T: I Would Have Preferred Thee At First, But Not Now Sir
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:ABA c2d|efe c2e|dBB gBB|dBB BcB|
ABA c2d|efe c2e|dBB gBB|cAA A2:|
|:aga c2e|A2e c2e|aga c2e|gdB c2e|1
aga c2e|A2e c2e|dBB gBB|cAA A2e:|2
aga f2a|e2a c2e|dBB gBB|cAA A2|]

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This tune was first published in Gunn’s Collection, 1848, as a march. I have it set as a jig close to how Finlay MacDonald plays it on his eponymous CD. He states in the liner notes that he got the tune from Gunn’s.

Paul K. MacNeil (namesake of Paul K’s Strathspey) has it as below on his CD.

X: 1
T:I Would Have Preferred You First
C:Traditional/Arr. Paul K. MacNeil
D:CastleBayMusic.com
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:D
|:ABA c2d|efe c2e|dBB gBB|dBB BcB|
ABA c2d|efe c2e|dBB gBB|cAA A2:|
|:aga c2e|A2e c2e|aga c2e|gdB c2e|1
aga c2e|A2e c2e|dBB gBB|cAA A2e:|2
aga f2a|e2a c2e|dBB gBB|cAA A2|]