The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #169114   Message #4086879
Posted By: Jim McLean
07-Jan-21 - 09:28 AM
Thread Name: Ramsay Tea-table Miscellany
Subject: RE: Ramsay Tea-table Miscellany
These are the notes from Stenhoise, page 393, in my copy dated 1853.

THERE’S THREE GUDE FELLOWS AYONT YON GLEN

The title and tune are all that remains of the old song, which is taken from McGibbon’s First Collection of Scots Tunes, p. 18. Oswald afterwards printed it under the new title of “There’s Three Ood Fellows down in yon Glen,” in the fifth book of his Caledonian Pocket Companion, p.1.
The four lines in the Museum, beginning “It’s now the day is daw’ing,” introduced in the solo, were hastily penned by Burns at the request of the Publisher, who was anxious to have the tune in that work, and the old words could not be discovered. The word fa’ in is erroneously printed fain in the Museum. This beautiful old air, however, well merits a better set of verses than those in the above-mentioned work.