Sheet Music: Bung Your Eye

TitleBung Your Eye
Alternate titlesThe Brisk Young Lad's
The Jolly Old Man
There cam' a young man to my daddy's door
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature6/8
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2023-04-26
Last updated2023-04-26
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Wednesday 26 April 2023

Tune of the Day: Bung Your Eye

Traditional Scottish tune

The earliest known appearance of this tune is as a country dance in a manuscript now preserved in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, inscribed A Collection of the Newest Country Dances Performed in Scotland written at Edinburgh by D.A. Young, W.M. 1740.

The expression “to bung your eye” means “to shut your eye”, a meaning taken from the bung or cork used to stopper a hole in a cask. More specifically, it was one euphemism for drinking gin or other spirits until one's eye is bunged up or closed.