Sheet Music: The Girl I Left Behind

TitleThe Girl I Left Behind
Alternate titlesThe Girl I Left Behind Me
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature2/2
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:20
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2009-06-11
Last updated2009-06-11
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 2.9 (popular)
Celtic Music, Marches, Military music, Patriotic, Traditional/Folk


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Thursday 11 June 2009

Tune of the Day: The Girl I Left Behind

Traditional Irish marching tune

This long-standing popular folk tune was originally known in Ireland as “The Rambling Labourer” and “The Spailpin Fanach”. In the 19th century it became a popular British marching song under the title “Brighton Camp”. In the years before the American revolution, the song was often played when a British naval vessel set sail or an army unit left for service abroad. It was adopted by the Americans and has become a traditional army song. Even today it is played at the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of the medley for the cadet's final formation for graduation.