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This month's Free Tablature is
"Gentle Annie"
Stephen C. Foster - 1856


                

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Stephen C. Foster (1826-1864) is often referred to as the "father of popular American music".  As a songwriter, he is primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music.   Foster published over 200 songs in his lifetime.  Many of his compositions remain popular more than 150 years after he wrote them.   Some of his better known works include "Oh Susanna", "Camptown Races", "My Old Kentucky Home", "Swanee River", "Hard Times", and "Beautiful Dreamer".    

Foster suffered from bouts of depression, and his music tended to dwell more on themes of sentimental melancholy and sad memories of the past.  "Gentle Annie" is one such song, expressing the grief of missing loved ones gone on before.  

There has been much speculation as to exactly who the "Annie" in the song might refer to from Foster's personal life.   Guesses have included a niece, a cousin, both his maternal and paternal grandmothers, and the daughter of his grocer in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.   Scholars have also noted that the song is most likely based on a traditional Irish tune with similar melody and sentiment.

Written just 5 years before the start of the Civil War, it was popular among soldiers in both the Union and Confederate armies.  Gen. Robert E. Lee, whose mother's name was Anne,  was said to have been especially fond of it, and often requested the "camp fiddler" to play it before retiring for the night.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of Kate and Anna McGarrigle performing "Gentle Annie" as part of the TransAtlantic sessions.

This is a 3-part arrangement (melody, harmony, and counter melody), so find a couple of playing partners and enjoy!

In music and friendship,

--Tull

 

LYRICS

Thou wilt come no more, gentle Annie,
Like a flower thy spirit did depart;
Thou art gone, alas! like the many
That have bloomed in the summer of my heart.

CHORUS
Shall we never more behold thee;
never hear thy winning voice again --
When the Spring time comes, gentle Annie,
When the wild flowers are scattered o'er the plain?


We have roamed and loved mid the bowers
When thy downy cheeks were in their bloom;
Now I stand alone mid the flowers
While they mingle their perfumes o'er thy tomb.



Ah! the hours grow sad while I ponder
Near the silent spot where thou art laid,
And my heart bows down when I wander
By the streams and the meadows where we strayed.


 

 
 
 
 


 

 

 


 

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