Detherow: "This is an old familiar song called, 'The Girl I Left Behind Me"; it's played every day over the radio, but there's not a many people know that it's a play song. They ring up in this, and the first gent goes across and swings the opposite lady and come back and promenades the girl behind, the next girl, and each time it's repeated, why, they promenade the left hand lady all around and that's the one they call, in the song, the Girl I Left Behind, and then when they're all through, they'll promenade home. I'll break my neck and promenade it back To the girl I left behind me.
There is a reference to the song in a songbook called The New Whim of the Night, or the Town and Country Songster for wherein there is a song entitled "The Girls we love so dearly" written by R. Rusted to the tune "The Girl I left behind me. III, p. Irish versions can also be found in the collections of flute player John Clinton and Edward Bunting The aforementioned John Bell, a Northumbrian musician, poet and writer, also included it in his c.
Bell also included a note with a Northumbrian take on the tune's origins:.
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This song was written about when a large encampment of 13 Regiments of horse and foot was formed along the coast of Northumberland in the neighborhood of Blyth, at which place the head quarters was held—they were reviewed on the 28th of August, , by the Duke of York in the presence of upwards of 60, spectators. There are a few literary references to the song or melody. The English novelist Thomas Hardy, himself an accordionist and fiddler, mentioned the tune in scene notes to The Dynasts , also set during the wars with Napoleon:. A June sunrise; the beams struggling through the window curtains.
A canopied bed in a recess on the left. James Fenimore Cooper mentions the tune in his novel of the sea, The Pilot , as the characters sail near enough to shore to hear the roar of the surf:. Looking affectionately, though still recklessly, at the boy who stood at his side, he said: "Dull music, Mr. Paul Tyler finds the tunes in music manuscript books of Abel Shattucks c. The latter was a military fifer and fiddler at Fort Niagra who succumbed to influenza in , prior to hostilities with Britain.
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As mentioned, it appears in Riley's Flute Melodies , published in several volumes in New York beginning in The tune was entered into the music manuscript copybook of Philadelphia? Eames, frontispiece dated Aug. Dolph prints a standard text popular at the time of the Civil War, which was a great favorite with Gen. George Custer, and is still the official regimental song of the 7th Cavalry see also "Garryowen".
III, Cauthen finds reference to its being played during the Civil War in an account by Georgia fiddler Ben Smith of the 12th Alabama Infantry; she calls it a "show tune" which was popularized during that war and which entered folk tradition through discharged soldiers. The melody appears in Bruce and Emmett's Drummers' and Fifers' Guide , published in to help codify and train the hordes of new musicians needed for service in the Union Army early in the American Civil War.
Therein it is remarked: "This air and drum beat is generally played at the departure of the soldiers from one city or camp to another" [George Bruce was a drum major in the New York National Guard, 7th Regiment, and had served in the United States Army as principal drum instructor at the installation at Governor's Island in New York harbor. Emmett was none-other than Daniel Decatur Emmett, a principal figure in the midth century minstrel craze and composer of "Dixie" ironically turned into a Confederate anthem during the war and "Old Dan Tucker," among other favorites.
Emmett had been a fifer for the 6th U. Infantry in the mid's].
Today it remains in use by the U. Army and is played at the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of the medley for the cadets' final formation at graduation.
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Notwithstanding its popularity as a song or martial air, "The Girl" gained renewed currency as a song and a dance tune in the South. The western Virginia brothers group the Bull Mt. Moonshiners recorded a version during Victor's famous 'Bristol sessions' Bristol, Tenn. Wolfe, The Devil's Box , vol. Kartchner whose hey-day was in the early 20th century.
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The recording became a collector's item until it was re-released on LP by Topic Records in This Scottish dance was transported to Cape Breton and entered dance tradition there where it was performed during the 19th century. Elias Howe c.
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