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Thread #62704   Message #2167724
Posted By: Jim Dixon
09-Oct-07 - 10:10 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre
Subject: Lyr Add: THE MUCKING O' GEORDIE'S BYRE (1816)
From The Pocket Encyclopedia of Scottish, English, and Irish Songs, Glasgow: Andrew & James Duncan, 1816 (found with Google Book Search):


1. As I went over yon meadow,
And carelessly passing alang,
I listen'd with pleasure to Jenny,
While mournfully singing this sang:

CHORUS: The mucking o' Geordie's byre,
And the shoaling the gruip sae clean,
Hat aft gart me spend the night sleepless,
And brought the saut tears frae my een.

2. It was nae my father's intention,
Nor was it my mither's desire,
That e'er I should fyle my fingers
Wi' the mucking o' Geordie's byre.

3. Though the roads were ever sae filthy,
Or the day sae scoury and foul,
I wad ay be ganging wi' Geordie;
I lik'd it far better than school.

4. My brither abuses me daily,
For being wi' Geordie sae free;
My sister she ca's me hoodwinked,
Because he's below my degree.

5. But weel do I like my young Geordie,
Although he was cunning and slee;
He ca's me his dear and his honey,
And I'm sure my Geordie loo's me.

This piece is another of the productions of Balloon Tytler. In addition to the information BURNS gives respecting this singular character, in his note on the Bonnie brucket lassie, page 136, the Editor is enabled to add the following from a short account of him written by Dr. CURRIE.——JAMES TYTLER was the son of a country Clergyman in the Presbytery of Brechin. He received a classical education, and was brought up to the profession of medicine, which he followed for some time in Leith, in Berwick, and in Newcastle. Not meeting with success, however, in consequence of a too great attention to religious disputes, he abandoned this profession, commenced author and printer at the same time, and, for a while, continued regularly to print and publish his own works. His publications ultimately brought him into the notice of the booksellers, and from them he afterwards found constant employment in compilations, abridgements, translations, and miscellaneous essays. During his literary career, his labours, for their magnitude and extent, were truly astonishing; but as they scarcely produced him the means of subsistence, in consequence of the parsimony of his employers, he turned a portion of his attention to chemistry, electricity, and mechanics, in which sciences he made some useful discoveries that he thought might be turned to advantage. But the roguery of an individual to whom he communicated one of his most important discoveries, and the total failure of many of his other schemes, at length began to prey upon his spirits; and, though otherwise a man of great modesty of disposition and integrity of character, he finally suffered his social propensities to violate the rules of sobriety. "Forgetting his old friends, he associated with discontented persons, and entered into a deliberate exposition of the abuses of government in 'A Pamphlet on the Excise,' and more systematically in a periodical publication, entitled, 'The Historical Register,' which gratified malignity by personal invective and intemperance of language. He was concerned in the wild, irrational plans of the British convention, and published 'A hand bill addressed to the people,' written in so inflammatory a style, as rendered him obnoxious to government. A warrant was issued to apprehend him, and he left his native country and crossed the Atlantic for America, where he fixed his residence in the town of Salem, in the state of Massachusetts, where he established a newspaper in connexion with a printer, which he continued till his death, which happened in the year 1805, in the 58th year of his age."