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Posted By: Richie
17-Jan-03 - 09:50 PM
Thread Name: Origins: How old are you my pretty little miss?
Subject: RE: Origins: How old are you my pretty little miss?
Does anyone know if there is a connection with "Fly around my Pretty Little Miss?"

A version entitled, "Where Are You Going, My Pretty Fair Maid?"
was collected in the Catskill Mountains, New York.

From my notes I have the tune based on the old melody "Boyne Water." Lucy Broadwood traces the melody to the dance tune "The Collier's Bonnie Lassie," printed in William Thompson's Orpheus Caledonius 1725, but Cazden finds the resemblance quite remote.

-Richie