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Thread #89267 Message #1682813
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
01-Mar-06 - 09:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Sleepytoon / Sleepy Toon (Norman Kennedy)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: (Hiring Fair) Sleepytoon
Willie Clark, not Willie Scott. Unfortunately, that Glasgow site doesn't acknowledge its source(s) for text or attribution, so it's hard to tell how seriously they should be taken. A quick look around shows that they don't credit the writers of The Road to the Isles or Jock of Hazeldean (both are well known), and they seem to think that She Moved Through the Fair and The Rose of Allandale are Scottish songs, so I wouldn't put much trust in what they say without backup.
I should think that the best available information would be in volume 3 of the Greig-Duncan collection, but unfortunately I don't have a copy of that. There are people round here who do, though; with luck someone will be able to help.
Did Norman say where he got the song? Are you able to post his tune?
A shortened text, transcribed from a Dougie MacLean record, was posted in the earlier thread Sleepy Toon: the traditional source was not named and no tune was quoted, so that's a bit vague too.