The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11731   Message #88653
Posted By: Alan of Australia
22-Jun-99 - 08:36 AM
Thread Name: The Water is Wide - one more time!
Subject: Lyr Add: O WALY, WALY UP THE BANK
Professor Child, writing in 1890 (or earlier) says that "Waly, Waly" was known from the first quarter of the eighteenth century. This in his notes on "Jamie Douglas" (Child #204), where he points out the common ground between the former and several versions of the latter.

Bronson says that Allan Ramsay was the first to publish it in Tea-Table Miscellany, c. 1724.

O waly, waly up the bank!
And waly, waly, down the brae!
And waly, waly yon burn-side,
Where I and my love wont to gae!

I leand my back unto an aik,
I thought it was a trusty tree;
But first it bowd, and syne it brak,
Sae my true-love did lightly me.