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Scots song hush my bastard barnie o

GUEST,Allan S 06 Nov 08 - 01:07 PM
Malcolm Douglas 06 Nov 08 - 01:22 PM
GUEST,Auldtimer 06 Nov 08 - 03:53 PM
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Subject: Scots song hush my bastard barnie o
From: GUEST,Allan S
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 01:07 PM

I have lost the words to a Scots song possibly one of the bothy ballads Some of the lines as follows does anyone have them

The plowmans lads are false and deceiving o
theyl sail away and leave the lassies greeting o

When I was but sweet sixteen and beauty only bloomin o
little little did I think at seventeen I'd be greeting o

Hush ye ba tho i'm your ma the greekin faas your father oh

I believe it was sung by Jean Redpath

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Subject: RE: Scots song hush my bastard barnie o
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 01:22 PM

She got it from Jeannie Robertson, as did almost everybody else who has recorded arrangements of it at one time or another.

Searching for a key phrase usually works. In this case, you can find it by typing but sweet sixteen into the 'Lyrics and Knowledge Search' box; other combinations of words would also work. Avoid dialectal words or any that tend to have more than one spelling; there is a set of words in the DT as When I Was Noo But Sweet Sixteen, but 'Nou' is also found, as is the title Ploughboy Lads or 'Plooman Lads'.

There is also another thread, Lyr Add: The Ploughboy Lads , but it contains only a garbled transcription from a Dubliners record and a repeat of another text already posted.

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Subject: RE: Scots song hush my bastard barnie o
From: GUEST,Auldtimer
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 03:53 PM

The chorus of the "Bothy" version goes along the lines of

-For they'r affy lads the bothy lads
When they get better farein'
They'll pack their kist, an' awa' an' list
And leave the lasses greetin' -

Their "kist" or chest contained their clothes and any graith/tools and equipment and awa' an' list - join the army

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