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There Is A Tavern In The Town

American Popular Song (1883)
By William H. Hills, arranged by Robert De Cormier
SATB Chorus, a cappella

There Is A Tavern In The Town first appeared in the 1883 edition of William H. Hill’s Student Songs.  Some sources attribute its origins to a traditional miners’ song from Cornwall, U.K.  This is no doubt the case in regard to certain turns of phrase in the text.  The melody, however, from the very first measure identifies itself as a late nineteenth-century American “popular” tune.  While the lyric is evidently the utterance of an abandoned female, the song itself was, historically speaking, usually sung by young males bonding with the aid of drink.

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