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Four an' twenty virgins

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GATHERING OF THE CLANS (continued)
THE BALL OF KERRIEMUIR (BALLYNORE)


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Bear 23 Oct 98 - 12:43 PM
The Shambles 23 Oct 98 - 01:15 PM
Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin 23 Oct 98 - 01:36 PM
Jerry Friedman 23 Oct 98 - 01:45 PM
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Subject: Four an' twenty virgins
From: Bear
Date: 23 Oct 98 - 12:43 PM

There's a song that goes "Four an' twenty virgins cam' doun frae Inverness, and by tha time they got tae Glasgow there was four an' twenty less singing bow tae ye partners..." or words to that effect. Does anyone know it?


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Subject: RE: Four an' twenty virgins
From: The Shambles
Date: 23 Oct 98 - 01:15 PM

Yes-But?


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Subject: RE: Four an' twenty virgins
From: Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin
Date: 23 Oct 98 - 01:36 PM

It's called "The Ball of Kirriemuir". There was a clean version done by Kenneth McKellar many years ago, but it's best known as a "rugby song", one of the rude, bawdy songs so beloved of rugby players in the shower and in the bar after the game.

The chorus is:

Singing balls to your partner, Arses to the wall. If you've never been fucked on Saturday night, You've never been fucked at all.

Do you really want to pursue this?

Lhiats,

Bobby Bob


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Subject: RE: Four an' twenty virgins
From: Jerry Friedman
Date: 23 Oct 98 - 01:45 PM

If you do, a DT search for "Kerriemuir" will turn up approximately 5,281,007 verses.


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Subject: RE: Four an' twenty virgins
From: Bruce O.
Date: 23 Oct 98 - 02:50 PM

The song appears to be modeled on "Up with Aley, Aley" in the Scare Songs file on my website, but didn't use it's tune, but "Bonny Jean of Aberdeen" (in same file).


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Subject: RE: Four an' twenty virgins
From: Kiwi
Date: 23 Oct 98 - 06:50 PM

There are other titles, such as "The Gathering of the Clans", or "The Ball of Ballynore", but it's all essentially the same song. One of the ones where you can freely add your own verses - this is especially encouraged at the Renaissance Festivals. :)

And, I swear to whatever deity you hold dear, there is a fellow by the name of Rex, apothecary at the NY and other Faires, who knows close to 1000 verses. Ye gods!

Sla/n, Kiwi


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Subject: RE: Four an' twenty virgins
From: Bear
Date: 12 Nov 98 - 11:43 AM

Cheers, a fine wedding song me thinks!


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Subject: RE: Four an' twenty virgins
From: Doctor John
Date: 13 Nov 98 - 04:37 PM

Smithsonian Folkways in their archives has a version of "The Ball of Ballinoor" sung by Cisco Houston. Not released. Anyone heard it. Oscar Brand had a recording of it on a 1970 RCA LP of bawdy songs and ballads.


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