This slip jig is usually called “A Fig for a Kiss.” Now, people like to speculate about tune titles, and this one seems to confuse people pretty often, given the things posted about it online — not to mention the very different things that are designated by the word “fig.” However, it’s actually not hard to understand what the title means. The phrase “A fig for a kiss” is like the phrase “A penny for your thoughts.” The thing offered is not worth much, a trifle (not the layered dessert!). It’s a purely nominal amount at any rate, and so the offer is an obvious mock trade, in itself just a playful joke.
You could just say “Give me a kiss” or “Tell me your thoughts,” but notice that these sound more abrupt, like a command, while the former are much flirtier. Friskier even.
This is another old tune. It is tune #1174 in O’Neill’s 1850, and tune #438 in O’Neill’s 1001. It is in all of the major tune books I’ve encountered. Here’s a link to Paddy Glackin playing Fig for a Kiss/Kid on the Mountain for dancers in 1972.
If you want the midi version, click A Fig for a Kiss
If you want the ABC for this slip jig, click Fig for a Kiss
Fig for a Kiss, slow tempo
Fig for a Kiss, med tempo