The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen waltz

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The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen has been added to 39 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
G2 | G2 E2 F2 | G4 G2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | F2 G2 F2 | E4 D2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
G4 E2 | G4 G2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | F2 G2 F2 | E4 D2 | C6 | C4 G2 |
A2 F2 A2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | G4 G2 | A2 F2 A2 | c2 B2 A2 | B6 | B4 G2 |
G2 G2 E2 | G4 G2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | F2 G2 F2 | E2 E2 D2 | C6 | C4 G2 |
C4 C2 | E4 E2 | D2 C2 D2 | C4 G2 | A4 A2 | F2 G2 A2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
A4 A2 | F4 A2 | G4 E2 | D4 C2 | D4 D2 | E4 C2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
C4 C2 | E4 E2 | D2 C2 D2 | C4 G2 | A4 A2 | F2 G2 A2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
A4 F2 | c4 A2 | G4 E2 | c4 c2 | c4 A2 | B4 c2 | c6 | c4 |]
2
X: 2
T: The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
G2 | G2 E2 F2 | G4 G2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | F2 G2 F2 | E4 D2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
G4 E2 | G4 G2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | F2 G2 F2 | E4 D2 | C6 | C4 G2 |
A2 F2 A2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | G4 G2 | A2 F2 A2 | c2 B2 A2 | B6 | B4 G2 |
G2 G2 E2 | G4 G2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | F2 G2 F2 | E2 E2 D2 | C6 | C4 G2 |
C4 C2 | E4 E2 | D2 C2 D2 | C4 G2 | A4 A2 | F2 G2 A2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
A4 A2 | F4 A2 | G4 E2 | D4 C2 | D4 D2 | E4 C2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
C4 C2 | E4 E2 | D2 C2 D2 | C4 G2 | A4 A2 | F2 G2 A2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
A4 F2 | c4 A2 | G4 E2 | c4 c2 | c4 A2 | B4 c2 | c6 | c4 |]
3
X: 3
T: The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
G2 | G2 E2 F2 | G4 G2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | ~
G2|G2 E2 F2|G4 G2|c2 B2 A2|G6| ~

Ten comments

Wow! 😏 Haven’t seen one of these in awhile… Here’s what Joe’s on about, I think…

X: 1
T: Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen, The
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Cmaj
G2 | G2 E2 F2 | G4 G2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | F2 G2 F2 | E4 D2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
G4 E2 | G4 G2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | F2 G2 F2 | E4 D2 | C6 | C4 G2 |
A2 F2 A2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | G4 G2 | A2 F2 A2 | c2 B2 A2 | B6 | B4 G2 |
G2 G2 E2 | G4 G2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | F2 G2 F2 | E2 E2 D2 | C6 | C4 G2 |
C4 C2 | E4 E2 | D2 C2 D2 | C4 G2 | A4 A2 | F2 G2 A2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
A4 A2 | F4 A2 | G4 E2 | D4 C2 | D4 D2 | E4 C2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
C4 C2 | E4 E2 | D2 C2 D2 | C4 G2 | A4 A2 | F2 G2 A2 | G6 | G4 G2 |
A4 F2 | c4 A2 | G4 E2 | c4 c2 | c4 A2 | B4 c2 | c6 | c4 |]

For a waltz like this, at least 8-bar lines. It also helps to use space within the measures as well, but not everybody puts space either side of the barlines ~

G2 | G2 E2 F2 | G4 G2 | c2 B2 A2 | G6 | ~

~ or ~

G2|G2 E2 F2|G4 G2|c2 B2 A2|G6| ~

Northern Lights

Hopefully it will look better when Jeremy does the notation.

This is a great tune and takes me back to the old days when we used it at céilís for Burns and St Andrew’s night dances. Two other great Scottish waltzes back then were the Banks of the Clyde and the Road to Dundee.

Thank goodness someone is giving it some context. I’ve been trying to get the contributor to say something and to make corrections but so far ~ nadda. I still live in hope… Feeling time was of the essence I wrote it out above rather than risk the double spacing of the email feature on site here.

Nice comment Bannerman, short and sweet…

sorry, i’ll put it right

🙂 ~ Go raibh ma’agat

Welcome to The Sesh Mac, but please, consider saying something about the tune, about your relationship with it, maybe where you got it, anything…

When I was a lad, a tiny wee lad, my mother said to me,
"Come see the Northern Lights my boy, they’re bright as they can be."
She called them the heavenly dancers, merry dancers in the sky,
I’ll never forget that wonderful sight, they made the heavens bright.

Chorus:
The Northern Lights of Aberdeen are what I long to see;
The Northern Lights of Aberdeen, that’s where I long to be.
I’ve been a wand’rer all of my life and many a sight I’ve seen.
God speed the day when I’m on my way to my home in Aberdeen.

I’ve wandered in many far-off lands, and travelled many a mile,
I’ve missed the folk I’ve cherished most, the joy of a friendly smile.
It warms up the heart of the wand’rer the clasp of a welcoming hand.
To greet me when I return, home to my native land.

Got this tune from the First Ceilidh Collection for Fiddle, i think it’s written by Mary Webb. I only in the last few years discovered traditional music, but this is one of my favourite tunes, though i don’t play fiddle.Thanks for the words, too, i didn’t know them.

this was the very first recorded Scottish tune I ever heard, when i was about 8 yrs old, and i always remembered it. I wondered what the lyrics were. Couldn’t remember much besides part of the chorus. Thanks for posting.

Choruses

Over the years I’ve picked up loads of tunes to find out after all that I’ve only got the refrain. This is one of them. Not surprising though that it is the chorus that most will remember. These oldies go down very well at those barn dances where the age group is well into its 70’s & 80’s (& older) and a sing-a-long finds it’s place. I have a very long set of oldie waltzes for such an occassion and this will be added to it so another thanks this time from me for posting.

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