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Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)

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Keltie Clippie


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Subject: John Watt's Keltie Clippie
From: jmj
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 03:29 AM

Hello all,

I stumbled on this song on one of the McCalmans' CD's. Unfrotunately there was no lyrics following the CD, and I cannot understand all of the words (a Dane like me has difficulties with some of the Scottish way of pronouncing words). If anyone can help, I will be very grateful.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE KELTY CLIPPIE (John Watt)^^
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 09:40 PM

THE KELTY CLIPPIE
(John Watt)

The tune is an adaptation of "Maggie Cockabendie"

I have travelled roon' this countrie
From shore tae shining shore
Frae the swamps o' Auchterderan
Tae the jungles o' Lochore
But in all these far flung places
There's none that can compare
Wi' the Lily o' Lumphinnans
She's ma bonnie Maggie Blair

(chorus)
Oh, she's just a Kelty Clippie
She'll no' tak' nae advice
It's "Ach drap deid, awa' bile yer heid
Ah'll punch yer ticket twice."
Her faither's jist a waister
Her mither's on the game
She's jist a Kelty Clippie
But I love her just the same.

Frae the pyramids up in Kelty
Tae the mansions in Glencraig
We've trod the bings together
In mony's the blyth stravaig
Watched the moonlight over Crosshill
Trod Buckhaven's golden sand
And mony's the happy oor we've spent
In Lochgelly's Happy Land

Well I met her on the "eight fifteen"
That nicht o' romantic bliss
I says "Hey Mag pit doon yer bag
And gie's a wee bit kiss"
Well she didnae tak' that kindly
No she didnae like ma chaff
And bein' a contrary kind o' lass
She says"Come oan -get aff."

Noo she hasnae got nae culture
And she drives me roon' the bend
She sits every nicht in an old arm chair
Readin' the "People's Friend"
Her lapels is fu' o' badges
Frae Butlins doon at Ayr
And she gangs tae the Bingo every nicht
Wi' the curlers still in her hair

But things is a wee bit better noo
Ah've gone and bocht the ring
I won it frae Jim at the Pitch and Toss
Last nicht at the Lindsay Bing
Wi' her wee black hat and her ticket machine
She did ma heart ensnare
She's the Lily o' Lumphinnans
She's ma bonnie Maggie Blair.

-This from "The Scottish Folksinger", ed. Norman Buchan & Peter Hall. (Collins, 1973)

Malcolm Douglas ^^


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: John Watt's Keltie Clippie
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 10:19 PM

I'm leaving myself open to charges of heresy, but Eric Bogle's 'Aussie BBQ Song' seems to rely heavily on this tune. Does anyone have the details on his recording(s)? Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: John Watt's Keltie Clippie
From: Wolfgang
Date: 27 Aug 99 - 11:54 AM

I also only know the above version from the Scottish Folksinger and never have heard it sung yet. Does anybody know this song from tape, CD or so?
The name "Maggie Blair" sounds just too funny today or is it only me seeing this?
I'll have a look at the Aussie Bar-B-Q and see what Eric Bogle writes in his notes.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: John Watt's Keltie Clippie
From: Ewan McVicar
Date: 27 Aug 99 - 04:40 PM

How oft have I heard this song sung - ah, as in the title of another current Mudcat thread I have become a very old Scottish singer.
I expect to see John Watt tomorrow at the Ceres Festival, where he and Jack Beck are to be leading singing sessions. I have to ask him about this.
In the liner notes for John Watt's 1976 album it sayeth, "The tune is an adaptation of the well known Scots song 'Maggie Cockabendie'."
This is not the same as the song "Cockabendy had a coo", which went to the tune 'Cawdor Fair', also known as '4 and 20 Blackbirds'.
I've never before heard of the well-known 'Maggie Cockabendie'. Ring any bells with anyone else?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: John Watt's Keltie Clippie
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 31 Aug 99 - 06:50 PM

There was an article on the Kelty Clippie in the 'Living Tradition' - last year, I think. I seem to remember it was Barbara Dickson, now departed to the pop camp, who was the first to sing it. I've also heard it from Hamish Imlach (on 'Scottish Sabbath', a German production of c. 1975 but still available), and the McCalmans still do it in concert.


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Subject: re Ewan McVicar---Maggie Cockabendie
From: GUEST,Pat
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 01:25 PM

I have been trying to find the words of this song to no avail, but I came accross you request. These are the words as I know them, don't know if they are correct or not.

    Maggie Cockabendie is a lass that I admire,
    Compection fair wi' ginger hair
    She sets my heart on fire.
    Oh Maggie tak's the cookie
    And Maggie tak's the bun
    I think i'll gi'e her beardie on the staihead jist for fun.
    She's ma peerie weerie winkle,
    Ma jeely and ma jam,
    Ma fairy an' canary,
    Ma daisy an' ma lamb.
    She's ma bonnie bunch o' sourocks
    Ma laughin' cockatoo,
    An' I'm Maggie's cockabendie too-ra loo-ra loo.
    They say that Maggie's got me
    In a little bit o' twine,
    They say when Maggie mairries me
    She'l mak' me toe the line.
    But Maggie's no' a lass like that,
    She's modest and she's shy.
    And I'm Maggie's Cockabendie, too-ra loo-ra lye.
    (repeat from---"She's ma peerie---too-ra loo-ra loo ".)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: John Watt's Keltie Clippie
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 29 Jan 05 - 07:04 PM

Thanks, Pat. I've tried to PM Ewan to let him know about this, but he isn't a member any more. Maybe someone else knows how to reach him.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAGGIE COCKABENDIE
From: GUEST,Bill Hart
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 11:05 AM

I have always understood that Maggie Cockabendie was a Dumbarton song. Certainly I heard it sung in the 1950s by some Dumbarton people and the places mentioned in verse 3 are the names of places in Dumbarton (e.g. the Vennel was an old street in the town--I don't know if it still exists--and the Quay was, well, the quay).

These are the words I know:

O Maggie Cockabendie
she's a lass that I admire,
curly hair, I'm awfu shair
She sets my hert on fire.
Now Maggie tak's the biscuit
And oor Maggie tak's the bun
When Ah gi'e her a wee bit beardie
on the stairhead jist for fun.
    She's ma peerie weerie weerie weerie winkle,
    Ma jeely and ma jam,
    Ma fairy, ma canary,
    Ma bonnie wee bit lamb.
    She's ma bunch o' sourocks
    And ma laughin' cockatoo,
    An' I'll be Maggie's cockabendie
    cockaleekie loo.
They say that Maggie's got me
Oan the end o' a wee bit twine.
They say when get merrit
She'll mak' me toe the line.
Now Maggie's no' a lass like that,
She's modest and she's braw.
And I'll be Maggie's cockabendie,
cockaleekie law.
    (repeat refrain)
They see when we get merrit
In a year or two or three
We'll settle in the Vennel
Or maybe doon the Quay,
And there we'll sit and whistle
Till the ebbin' tide is law
And play a bee-baw-babbity
Tae pass the time awa'.
    (repeat refrain)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: John Watt's Keltie Clippie
From: GUEST,Scotus
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 11:43 AM

There was an article on the Kelty Clippie in the 'Living Tradition' - last year, I think. I seem to remember it was Barbara Dickson, now departed to the pop camp, who was the first to sing it. I've also heard it from Hamish Imlach (on 'Scottish Sabbath', a German production of c. 1975 but still available), and the McCalmans still do it in concert.

Just for information - John Watt was a member of the 'Great Fife Roadshow' in the early 1970s, as was Barbara. At one of their performances John persuaded Barbara to dress up in a 'Clippie's' uniform for a performance of the song. Since then 'Maggie Blair' has been immortalised as a papier-mache sculpture with the face of Barabara - this was bought by the town of Keltie and is on display in the local library. As far as I'm aware Barbara never recorded it (although she has a new CD out called 'Full Circle' in which she revisits her folk roots - and very good it is). John has re-recorded the song on his CD 'Heroes' (Tradition Bearers label)as have I on the CD 'Twa Times ower' (Fishtail Records). of course the song has been recorded by many others. John found out many years after writing the song that there really was a clippie based out of the Kelty depot of Alexanders bus company called Margaret Blair - apparently her daughter took John to task.

Jack Beck


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: John Watt's Keltie Clippie
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 07:59 PM

I have an email address for Ewan McVicar: will let him know re above discussion.
This song is still very popular in our local sessions: the bodhranistas always wait for "punch your ticket twice" - their cue for a big double thump (myself included!)
TB


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: John Watt's Keltie Clippie
From: GUEST,Auldtimer
Date: 01 Apr 05 - 12:58 PM

John Watt and The Kelty Clippie is available on his latest release? John Watt - Heroes Ref: LTCD3001.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: John Watt's Keltie Clippie
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 02 Apr 05 - 07:08 AM

Time flies - the 'Kelty Clippie' article (by John Watt himself) appeared in Living Tradition no 26 (1998).

However, it doesn't mention the story Jack Beck tells above, so thanks, Jack. Why not join the Mudcat? I'm sure you have a lot more to contribute!

Here's most of John's article:
[1998:] In the middle '50s I was seeing a girl called Frankie Grey who lived in Markinch, Fife. My mother had a Morris 1000 which I used to borrow to go up and see her. Around this time there was a petrol crisis and in fact petrol became rationed and coupons were printed for essential use only. Thus, I reverted to becoming again a bus traveller. Alexanders buses in those days were not the warm, comfortable, quiet vehicles of today. They were dirty, littered with fag ends, draughty, noisy and smelly and were to be avoided if possible. Often, the one thing that made them tolerable were the gum-chewing, bright eyed, quick witted bus conductresses or clippies as they were known. There were sloppy ones, but in the main, they were very smart, with minuscule knots in their ties, shiny white collars and bright black shining cross belts festooned with badges, and lots of make-up. The black hat was often squeezed into a 'non regulation' fashion statement and they did not take any 'lip' from anyone.

The last bus from Markinch to Dunfermline was the one I travelled on. It called at all the miners' clubs on the way home and was thus an extremely jolly affair. Downstairs was the place to be. Would be entertainers stood against the partition behind the driver and launched into their acts. Singers, joke tellers, reciters, even a juggler one night, each did their bit. At Markinch a fish supper would be bought. If it was the cheery clippie she got the supper. If it was the crabbit one, someone else would get it.

I used to be very quiet in those days and would sit at the back, usually reading a book. [...] A few years later when I was interested in song writing I used to think of these times on the buses and I read somewhere the phrase "I'll punch your ticket twice!" - it set something going. Being brought up in Dunfermline, I knew all about pits and mines, 'pitch and toss', the mining areas and that sort of thing, so the song came pretty quickly.

Up until 1970 I used to sing it unaccompanied, quite slowly, not the country style / music hall way it is done today. It was the formation of the Great Fife Road Show in 1969 which changed the whole mood of the song with country style fiddling from Davy Craig, Rab Noakes on guitar and harmonies from Barbara Dickson - we did the song every night on a 23 night tour of Scotland.

In 1976 Davey Stewart and myself recorded "Kelty" on the Springthyme label on an album entitled "Shores of the Forth" which was very successful for us, remaining in the folk charts for two years. Gerry MacKenzie, the "Tartan Terror", played "Kelty Clippie" every week on Radio Forth for six months and there is no doubt that it helped to sell the record.

There were weird off-shoots to "Kelty". One day a guy knocked on my door. He wanted "Kelty" to play at the crematorium in Kirkcaldy as his pal's coffin slid into the flames, it had been his friend's favourite song and "he was always singing it"! A deck officer in the Ben Line told me he had heard it rocketing over the tannoy in some "God forsaken post in the Persian Gulf". One day I went to the Churchill Theatre in Edinburgh to see "Kelty" danced in a ballet performed by the Basic Space Dance Company, choreographed by Royston Maldoon, the dance artist in residence in Fife. The dancers were all American, they had never heard of Kelty!

Springthyme issued a single of "Kelty" and it began to appear on jukeboxes in pubs. When I asked the bar lady in Deacon Brodie's pub in Edinburgh why it was listed under "House Music", she said "Oh, that's because it has trombones in it".

After the single came out I stood all day at the stall of a friend in Kinross Sunday Market flogging "Kelty". A woman said to me "Gie me wan o' they Kelty Clippies son". I said "Would you like me to sign it for you?" She said "No thanks son" and walked off! [...]

Although no masterpiece "Kelty" has done well for me though I do get a bit fed up with it sometimes. There are currently fourteen recordings of it available including groups from Canada and Denmark. Nowadays it does best in Denmark although it still gets radio play here after twenty-eight years. People doing it nowadays are mainly in the commercial scene and of course it gets big licks in Fife as a party piece. [...] The tune by the way isn't mine. It is in fact a mixture of "Maggie Cockabendie" and Woody Guthrie's "Grand Rancoolie Dam" [sic!]. I steal all my tunes. Although it's in at least three books that I know of, people still get the words wrong!

Song Notes:
Pyramids - Pit bings. Slag heaps of waste now no more, having been landscaped.
Buckhaven's Gold Sand - Buckhaven, Fife, once a pretty fishing and popular holiday place after the 1900s degenerated into a coal dust oriented industrialised area. The disappearance of the mining industry is again changing these places.
Happy Land - This was an area of "Miners Raws" (Rows) in Lochgelly. Women would be seen sitting outside their houses knitting and chatting on summers days. The menfolk would be blethering to each other. You still see this in some rural continental places in the cool of the evening.
Pitch and Toss - Miners' gambling game with two pennies played all over Britain. "The babbers (tossers) made plenty money". [...]
Barbara Dickson was 'The Kelty Clippie' In The Great Fife Road Show which kicked off their Scottish tour on the 10th July 1970 at the new Picture House, St. Andrews in a late night show.
At one point in the evening Barbara sauntered across the stage wearing this bus conductress uniform, hat, skirt, top, etc. I then said to her "Babs, do you fancy a bit nookie down by the bus shelters?" At which she hits me on the jaw saying "How dare you speak to me like that, I'll bet you get plenty hits on the jaw if you speak to girls like that". To which I reply, "Yes, but I get plenty nookie too!" We all thought this was hilarious but after one performance no-one in the audience laughed and the "sketch" was hastily dropped!
(John Watt, Living Tradition 26, 37f.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST,gleneagl@yahoo.com
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 04:20 PM

Oh, my gawsh! I'm so happy to have found Suzanne's post!!!! We took our first trip to Scotland in July and bought a CD titled Glencoe by Steam Jenny. I SO love it! I listen to it almost everyday on my morning walks, but have struggled with the lyrics on Keltie Clippie and just what in the heck the song was all about. Every day I tell myself I must get on the internet and find out more about this song. I shall listen to the album with renewed joy now! Thank you!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST,treveric@bigpond.com
Date: 11 Jan 06 - 03:49 AM

To Guest.gleneagl@yahoo.com, we also took a trip to Scotland and bought Glencoe by Steam Jenny on tape. This broke and I found a CD on e bay in Scotland and bought it. Our grandson absolutely loves the song, and I have had to burn him a copy. He can sing the lyrics, even though we don't understand it at all . I also love the Cd, especially the title song Glencoe, very haunting place to visit and beautiful song. Wild mountain thyme is my next favourite also.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAGGIE COCKABENDIE
From: GUEST,bigjohnmalcolm@musician.org
Date: 27 Jan 06 - 09:46 AM

Just came across this thread while looking for some info on "Maggie Cockabendie" which I sang last night at Falkirk folk Club - I learned my version (below) in 1983 when a member of The Sair Heidies in Lossiemouth. I don't recall when we found the words. The tune seems to date from the 1700s.

Maggie Cockabendie


Oh she's my.....
Peerie weerie winkle, my jeey and my jam
My fairy my canary, my bonnie wee bit lamb
She's my wee bit bunch o' sooracks, my laughin' cockatoo
And I am Maggie Cockabendie's cock-a-doodle-doo

Oh Maggie cockabendie, is the lass that I admire
Her looks sae fair, her curly hair, to set my hert on fire
Oh Maggie tak's the biscuit, an' maggie tak's the bun
Maybe I'll gie her bairdie on the staircase jist for fun

Ch
For she's my....

Od Maggie Cockabendie is the aiple o' my een
Her coothy weys, her kindly eyes, the best you've ever seen
Oh Maggie tak's the biscuit, an' Maggie tak's the cake
She's the only girl I want tae see, in the mornin' when I wake

Ch
For she's my...

Oh Maggie Cockabendie is the lass tae be my wife
Tae warm my slippers, wash my nippers, set me richt for life
ForMaggie kens the richt wey, tae sap my porridge oats
I'll never sow my wild anes, for ah'm burnin' a' my boats

Ch
For she's my....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST,Jack Campin
Date: 27 Jan 06 - 08:55 PM

Coincidentally, I just came across the "Maggie Cockabendie" tune on The Maritime Crew's 2003 CD "New Zealand Sea Shanties". It's used for a song they call "Foggy, Foggy Banks" (why??) and they say they got the tune "from the singing of Mrs Hinga Clarke, originally from Bluff but now resident in Te Atatu, Auckland".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kelty Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST,a wilkie
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 05:12 PM

dear sir
i have been looking to buy the song maggies cockabendy for to play at my grans funeral on friday morning but cant get it before then. can you please tell me where i can go to get this record and buy it over the counter or prefferably download it

i would be most greatfully for any info you can provide

your truly

andrew wilkie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kelty Clippie (John Watt)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 11:58 PM

MAGGIE COCKABENDIE has been recorded by—

Crooked Jack (a duo), on "Tomorrow Must Wait," Lismor Recordings LCOM5224, 1993. (See The Robert Burns Store or Celtic Music Direct or Music in Scotland or TradMusic.com or The Celtic Music Shop.)

Charlie Allan on "Blue Gray Coo," a cassette. (See Sleepytown.co.uk or Charlie Allan's web site.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST,Pitlessie Sessions, Fife
Date: 05 Jan 07 - 05:23 PM

I heard John Watt and Davie Stewart singing this at The Pitlessie sessions New Years Day 2007. Absolutely legendary. Get along to the village Inn next New Years day to catch some of the finest free entertainment imaginable.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST,Auldtimer
Date: 06 Jan 07 - 12:09 PM

John Watt was recently flooded out, once again, of his house in Milnathort and was interviewed on TV. Hopefuly if he is out singing again, his "wee hoose" is not too badly damaged.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAGGIE COCKABENDIE
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Feb 08 - 11:59 AM

The version of Maggie that I know (taken from a copy of the Edinburgh Mountaineering Song Book that dates from the '50s) goes:

Chorus-
She's ma peerie weerie winkle, ma jeely and ma jam,
Ma fairy and canary, ma bonnie wee bit lamb,
She's ma wee bit bunch o' sourocks, ma laughing cockatoo,
And I'm ma Maggie Cockabendie's cock-a-doodle-doo.

Noo, Maggie Cockabendie's the lass that I admire,
Her laughing eyes and ginger hair wad set yer heart on fire.
Oh Maggie taks the biscuit, and Maggie taks the Bun,
I think I'll gie her beardie at the stairhead just for fun.

Chorus

Folks say that Maggie has me on the end o' a wee bit twine,
They say that when we're mairrit, she'll mak me toe the line.
But Maggies' no' a lass like that, she's muckle and she's braw,
E'en when she's got the toothache, wi' a flannel on her jaw.

Chorus

Oh I think I'll pop the question in a month or twa or three,
And settle down wi' Maggie in a wee hoose by the sea.
It's there we'll sit a-whistling, when the evening sun is low,
And play at bee baw babbities, tae pass the nights awa'.

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST,Bigmooth
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 12:20 PM

I think it should be "Ma bonnie wee pet lamb"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: Vic Smith
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 12:36 PM

I have got a recording of Adam Young, the old bothy singer singing "Maggie Cockabendie" that I recorded him singing in a caravan on the Kinross campsite during the 1973 TMSA festival. The words are as those given by GUEST Date: 13 Feb 08 and now that I listen to it again - for the first time in decades - I can see that the tune is very similar to John's Kelty Clippie though I can't say that I noticed the similarity before.

Kelty Clippie is in the huge repertoire of Jim Bainbridge and he recorded it as the opening track on his 2007 CD Galloway House. Jim has been known to ask me to sing it with him when we have been at the same session or club.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 09:40 PM

George MacColl sings Kelty Clippie farly regularly in The Brewery Tap in Brentford - Friday and Sunday are his usual nights


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 19 Jan 10 - 04:51 PM

Does the tune for the Jeely Piece Song come from the same source?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 19 Jan 10 - 06:01 PM

Jack = If you mean the 'You canna throw pices from a thirty story flat' , Thats Mat McGinn I think


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: black walnut
Date: 19 Jan 10 - 06:20 PM

If anyone's in Toronto you should hear Tam Kearney sing it, and translate as he goes along.

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST,EKanne
Date: 19 Jan 10 - 06:25 PM

'The Jeely Piece Song' (sometimes titled, by the writer himself, as The Height Starvation Song) was actually written by Adam McNaughtan, who also wrote 'The Yellow on the Broom' as well as 'Hamlet', 'Cholesterol' and 'Thomas Muir of Huntershill' amongst many others. He is adept at taking traditional tunes and altering them slightly to suit the new text.
Don't know if his Piece song is to ' Maggie Cockabendie', but will ask him.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Feb 13 - 03:22 PM

Was it not Katy Bairdie that had the Coo? Dance Katy Bairdie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Aug 14 - 03:59 PM

dae yi ken wee Maggie malcom she,s a wee lass I admire
since I met wee Maggie she set my heart in fire


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: Vic Smith
Date: 24 Aug 14 - 12:41 PM

John Watt deserves the recognition that he has received at the High Priest of all cultural matters in Fife. The exquisite poetry of The Kelty Clippie is pure metrical ambrosia. However moving those lyrics are; the paeans of praise of the greatest of the poetic muses, Maggie Blair, this work does not reach the highest achievements of Watt's work.
For that we have to look at a work where he is working on a broader canvas. In Fife's Got Everything we can evaluate his undisputed claim to the the national bard of the Kingdom of Fife. This claim could be made just from one impeccable line:-
Oh when it comes tae arty talk, oh we're no the mugs

Is there a finer way in which all that is unique about Fife could be expressed?
It is worth quoting this great work in full here:-
FIFE'S GOT EVERYTHING

The New Tay Road Bridge, finest in the country,
Half a croon tae cross it and it disnae raise a cheer;
It's a bob tae cross the Mersey, ye can stuff it up yer jersey,
Would they pay it down in London, oh no bloody fear.

Chorus:
Oh Fife's got everything, just the place for tourists,
See the bonny pit bings staundin in a raw.

Fife's entertainments, finest in the country,
We're the boys tae come tae if ye want tae get some tips;
There's fitba at Central Park, neckin burdies in the dark,
Haggis suppers, hot pies, bingo and chips.

Fife's Scotch Whisky, finest in the country,
Distilled frae mountain water at the Coaltown of Markinch;
Man it's got such power, matured for half an hour,
So don't be vague and ask for •••• it's whisky at a pinch.

Fife Coast beaches, finest in the country,
If ye like sewage, floatin mond yer toes;
The Costa the East Neuk, it's enough tae mak ye bloody puke,
If ye want tae go in for a dook, ye hae tae haud yer nose.

Noo Fife's got culture, finest in the country,
Oh when it comes tae arty talk, oh we're no the mugs;
We've got Chink nags on oor waas, a wheen o gonks in oor haas,
Vernon Ward, Tretchikof and white wally dugs.

The Rosyth Dockyaird, finest in the country,
If ye want a cushy job just working for the State;
There's auld folks, blind folks, holiday inclined folks,
And if ye want a submarine, just hurl it oot the gate.

Chorus:
Oh Fife's got everything, just the place for tourists,
See the bonny pit bings staundin in a raw.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 24 Aug 14 - 12:49 PM

Dead right Vic- the man was an absolute gem, the 'Muchty' Megastar' in person!! A privilege to have known him...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: Vic Smith
Date: 24 Aug 14 - 02:50 PM

A privilege to have known him...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: GUEST,DTM
Date: 25 Aug 14 - 01:59 PM

After Michael Marra wrote "I Don't Like Methil", John responded with "I Don't Like Dundee". He sent a copy of the song to the Dundee bard and signed it "Outraged!"
Well, that's the story John used to tell :-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Keltie Clippie (John Watt)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Jul 15 - 11:44 PM

Here's a great, live recording of this song, sung by John Watt and Davey Stewart at fifesing


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