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Cock O' The North (Ryan's Fancy) videos
Auntie Mary (Great Big Sea)
#874 YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

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Oh, me Auntie Mary had a canary,
Up the leg of her drawers;
When she was sleeping, I was peeping,
Up the leg of her drawers.

Oh, me Auntie Mary had a canary,
Up the leg of her drawers;
When she was sleeping, I was peeping,
Up the leg of her drawers.

####.... Traditional Scottish bagpipe jig, march and dance tune named after Alexander Gordon [1743-1827], 4th Duke of Gordon, Knight of the Thistle, who in 1794 raised the Gordon Highlanders, the 92nd Regiment. Cock O' The North was the traditional epithet attached to the chief of the Gordon Clan ....####
From The Fiddler's Companion, ©1996 by Andrew Kuntz:
The origins for the tune have been traced back to the 17th-century when it was published by Playford in his 1674 and all subsequent editions of his Dancing Master, under the title Jumping Joan. A Shetland reel version of the tune from the Island of Whalsay collected in modern times still goes by the name Jumping John. In Newfoundland the tune was known by the title Auntie Mary, by which it is known in Ireland.

This variant was arranged and recorded live by Ryan's Fancy at The Black Knight Lounge in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Jack Hutchinson and George Taylor (An Irish Night At The Black Knight Lounge, trk#4, 1971, Marathon Music Incorporated, Scarborough, Ontario) and is featured in the video above.


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The video below features a variant performed as Auntie Mary by Great Big Sea during Ottawa's 1997 Canada Day Celebration.

Auntie Mary had a canary up the leg of her drawers,
Auntie Mary had a canary up the leg of her drawers;
When she was sleeping I went creeping
up the leg of her drawers,
When she was sleeping I went creeping
up the leg of her drawers.

Auntie Mary had a canary up the leg of her drawers,
Auntie Mary had a canary up the leg of her drawers;
When she was sleeping I went creeping
up the leg of her drawers,
When she was sleeping I went creeping
up the leg of her drawers.

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#875 YouTube video by gbteddy
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~


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