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Offline Eddie

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Same tune different words
« on: July 11, 2012, 11:06:57 AM »
While driving with my brother and the ipod on shuffle Jim Hancock's Blackbird came on and we started debating wheather or not it was the same tune as Heath to the Company just with different words took it off shuffle and moved to Heath to the company and sure enough the tune was the same just a little faster. So 2 questions, 1.) which one came first I say Blackbird he says Health? and 2.) just how many other songs are like that?

Offline iain robb

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Re: Same tune different words
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012, 03:04:15 PM »
Well, I almost replied the "Health to the Company" is an ancient traditional song and "Blackbird" dates to about 1860. But I had it confused with another traditional fair-ending song, "The Parting Glass." Not sure how old "Health to the Company" is, but it's certainly been recorded by enough people.

As far as same tune, different lyrics, there are a lot. But the only one that spring to mind is "The Mary Ellen Carter" and a variation of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider."

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Re: Same tune different words
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 05:10:56 PM »
I know that Bob Bielefeld (of Cantiga, New World Renaissance Band, and Burly Minstrels) knows a lot about Renaissance Music History, so I posted your question on his Facebook Wall.

Edit:  I've also posted on Jim's Facebook Wall, asking him this question...


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Offline iain robb

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Re: Same tune different words
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 05:45:10 PM »
Well, there you go, ruining perfectly good speculation by going after facts. What kind of person are you?  :)

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Re: Same tune different words
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012, 10:13:40 PM »
So far, two different people have given two different answers...   :o   ;D
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Re: Same tune different words
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2012, 03:00:15 PM »
Joyce Lillquist (Gypsy Guerrilla Band) did some research, and posted this answer to my question on Bob Bielefeld's Facebook Wall -

Joyce Lillquist - "After reading more, and checking out some places...world history places "Here's a Health to the Company" in 1875 and "If I was a Blackbird" was around the turn of the century and made popular in 1904 by Deila Murphy. They are both fabulous songs and fit in Renaissance Faires."
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Re: Same tune different words
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2012, 03:34:02 PM »
Thanks a lot

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Re: Same tune different words
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2012, 11:57:53 PM »
On Jim Hancock's Facebook Wall, he wrote:

Jim Hancock - "They are very similar. I try to never do them in the same set. ..."
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