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Thread #135224 Message #3084140
Posted By: curmudgeon
28-Jan-11 - 12:56 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req:Jock Hawk's Adventures in Glasgow (MacColl
Subject: RE: McColl or Harry Lauder-Jock Hawk's Adventures
This is most definitely a bothy song. The common theme is of the wealthy farmer getting the better of the poor ploughboy by deceit or trickery. In Jock's case it is the flash girl and city types who get the better of him. And the tune, "The Guise o' Tough" was a favorite in the bothies.
There is also a great song wherein the ploughboy ends up with a fierce hangover but with his money safe as he "...tied it tae the tail o' his sark;"
Bothy songs were to the farm hand what the forebitters were to the sailor; entertainment in the off hours, love songs, complaint about harsh treatment, descriptions of tasks, praise for horses. MacColl's Bothy Ballad album on Folkways does give an excellent overview of the genre - Tom Hall