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Thread #164332   Message #3932676
Posted By: Richie
22-Jun-18 - 03:06 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads in Ireland
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads in Ireland

This is an example, one of many. From "Binorie" sung by William McKenzie of Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, about 1931:

6 "It was not for your yellow gold that I dang ye in,
      Binorie, aye and Binorie, O,
Because you're so very white, love, an' I'm so very din,
You're the bonnie millert's lassie o Binorie, O."

Motive: It's not the gold or the love of the bonnie miller laddie, the elder sister can't compete because her skin is 'din' and her fair sister's skin is 'white.'