Old Rosin the Beau


                     Old Rosin the Beau

                                                 Traditional
                                       Mandolin tablature by 
                                    Elizabeth T. Knuth, 1998

Key: F

A rollicking waltz.

                    Q
E--||------------|--------------------|--------------------|
A--||--3:--------|--------------------|--0-----------------|
D--||--4:--------|--3--------3--3-----|--------5-----3-----|
G--||------5-----|--------------------|--------------------|
           |        |        |_ |        |     |     |

         I've      tra -  veled this    wide world  all


           ____________       q              Q
|---------/----------|-\------r-----------|--------------------|
|--0-----3-----------|--3-----e-----------|--------------------|
|--------------------|--------s-----------|--3--------3--3-----|
|--------------------|--------t-----5-----|--------------------|
   |     |     |        |     |     |        |        |_ |

   o -   ver,                      And      now      to the


                                             h
|--------------------|--------------------|--r-----------------|
|--------0-----------|--------------------|--e-----------------|
|--3-----------3-----|--0-----------------|--s-----------------|
|--------------------|--------------------|--t-----------5-----|
   |     |     |        |     |     |        |     |     |

  next  one    I        go,                            For I


   Q                                                        e
|--------------------|--------------------|-----------------r--|
|--------------------|--0-----------------|--0--3-----------e--|
|--3--------3--3-----|--------5-----3-----|-----------------s--|
|--------------------|--------------------|-----------------t--|
   |        |_ |        |     |     |        |_ |     |     |_ 

 know     that good   quar - ters  are      waiting
  
   _
  /.\                   Q
|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
|--5-----------------|--3--------0--------|--------0-----------|
|--------------------|--------------3-----|--5-----------5-----|
|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
   |     |     |        |        |_ |        |     |     |

   To                  wel -   come old     Ro -  sin   the


      ________________        q
|----/---------------|\-------r-----------|--------------------|
|---/----------------|-\------e-----3-----|--3-----0-----3-----|
|--3-----------------|--3-----s-----------|--------------------|
|--------------------|--------t-----------|--------------------|
   |     |     |        |     |     |        |     |     |           

   Beau!                           To       wel - come  old


|--------------0-----|--1-----------0-----|--1-----------------|
|--3-----5-----------|--------------------|--------------5-----|
|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
   |     |     |        |     |     |        |     |     |

  Ro -  sin   the       Beau,                           to


   Q
|--------------------|--------------------|
|--3--------0--------|--------------0-----|
|--------------3-----|--3-----5-----------|
|--------------------|--------------------|
   |        |_ |        |     |     |

  wel -   come old     Ro -  sin   the


      ________________        q              Q
|----/---------------|\-------r-----------|--------------------|
|---/----------------|-\------e-----------|--------------------|
|--0-----------------|--0-----s-----------|--3--------3--3-----|
|--------------------|--------t-----5-----|--------------------|
   |     |     |        |     |     |        |        |_ |

   Beau,                            I       know    that good

                                             _
                                       e    /.\
|--------------------|-----------------r--|--------------------|
|--0-----------------|--0--3-----------e--|--5-----------------|
|--------5-----3-----|-----------------s--|--------------------|
|--------------------|-----------------t--|--------------------|
   |     |     |        |_ |     |     |_    |     |     |

 quar - ters  are      waiting               To


   Q
|--------------------|--------------------|
|--3--------0--------|--------0-----------|
|--------------3-----|--5-----------5-----|
|--------------------|--------------------|
   |        |_ |        |     |     |

  wel -   come old      Ro - sin   the


      ________________        q                 
|----/---------------|\-------r-----||
|---/----------------|-\------e-----||
|--3-----------------|--3-----s-----||
|--------------------|--------t-----||
   |     |     |        |     |

   Beau!

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==                 TABLATURE EXPLANATION                  ==
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||------|| Repeat         ----------
||*----*||                -4:------- Time
||*----*||                -4:------- Signature
||------||                ----------

                               _
   ______                     /.\
--/----|-\---                -----
-0-----|--0-- Tied Notes     --0-- Fermata:
-------|-----                ----- hold this note a bit
-------|-----                ----- longer than usual
 |  |     |                    |


Rhythm:
  h = half note or rest
  q = quarter note or rest
  Q = dotted quarter
  e = eighth note

This tune is Irish in origin, serving as the melody for "Men of the West." It is better known as "Old Rosin the Beau," under which title it was published anonymously in the United States in 1838. It is also the tune of "Acres of Clams." So in its first incarnation it is a patriotic song, toasting fighters for Irish independence. As "Rosin the Beau" it is a rowdy drinking song. And as "Acres of Clams" it is a mock patriotic song about frontier life in Washington state.

The tune varies slightly in the sheet music versions I have consulted. I followed none of them slavishly, but rather wrote the mandolin tablature for the song as I have heard it performed.

The Library of Congress has sheet music for an 1852 edition of "Old Rosin the Beau" online. It is arranged for piano, in the key of G.

You can hear a rendition of "Men of the West" on the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem's album Irish Songs of Rebellion, Tradition 2070.


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