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PARTANS IN HIS CREEL


John MacKenzie 20 Jun 11 - 04:51 PM
Joe Offer 11 Jul 15 - 10:01 PM
Joe Offer 11 Jul 15 - 10:12 PM
GUEST,Orkneylass 01 Jan 16 - 12:47 PM
GUEST,leeneia 01 Jan 16 - 09:07 PM
GUEST,Joe Offer 02 Jan 16 - 04:47 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: PARTANS IN HIS CREEL (Allie Windwick)
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 04:51 PM

PARTANS IN HIS CREEL


Allie Windwick




Oh I lay in bed ower lang this mornin'
Heedless o' ma mither's warnin'
Turned and twisted all night long, and nivver closed an e'e
While ootside a million stars were winkin'
Sleep it wadnae come for thinkin'
Thinkin' o' the lovin' words that Willie said to me.

O Willie's tall an' Willies bonny
Willie hasnae muckle money
No that siller maitters when I ken I lo'e him weel
So I think I'd better tarry
Bide a wee afore I mairry
No till Willie's catchin' mair than partans in his creel.

For ma Mither ca's me young and silly
Far to young tae mairry Willie
Seventeen come Christmas day, tae Willie's twenty three
And for a' he's ever saved or striven
'T wouldnae gie the cat a livin'
A' the work that Willie's done, is rinnin' efter me

O Willie's slow an' Willie's lazy
Willie taks things ower easy
Faither says he's nothin' but a trowie ne'er dae weel
So I think I'd better tarry
Bide a wee afore I mairry
No till Willie's catchin' mair, than partans in his creel

There's a peedie croft amang the heather
Whaur he says we'll bide thegether
There he'll mak a livin' wi his boatie on the sea
There's a wee bit hoose his Faither pickit
Stoutly perched an' snugly riggit
Waitin' tae be taken ower, by Willie and by me

Willie stands aboot and whistles
Willie's field are fu' o' thistles
Thistles never brought a buddy, ony milk or meal
So I think I'd better tarry
Bide wee afore I mairry
No till Willie's catchin' mair, than partans in his creel.



Partan is a crab
Peedie is Orkney dialect for small or wee
Trowie is a troll. (Strong Norse heritage in Orkney)

(I'm not 100% certain about the word perched, 5th line 5th verse, It sounds like perched, it could be pairched,(parched) meaning dry.)

Hear it here


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Subject: ADD: Partans in His Creel (Allie Windwick)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Jul 15 - 10:01 PM

PARTANS IN HIS CREEL
(Allie Windwick)

Oh I lay in bed ower lang this morning, Heedless o' me mither's scorning
Turned and twisted a' last night and never closed an e'e;
While ootside a million stars were winking, Sleep it wadna come for thinking
O' the three sma' loving words that Willie said tae me.
Willie's tall and Willie's bonnie; Willie hasna muckle money -
No that siller matters when I ken I lo'e him weel.
Still, I think I'd better tarry: Bide a wee afore I marry -
No' till Willie catches mair than partans in his creel.

For me Mither ca's me young and silly - Far too young tae marry Willie;
Seventeen comes Christmas day tae Willie's twenty three;
And for aa' he's ever saved or striven wadna' gae the cat a living -
Aa' the wark that Willie does is runnin' efter me!
Willie's slow an' Willie's lazy; Willie taks things ower aisy:
Faither says he's naithing but a trowie ne'er-dae-weel!
So I think I'd better tarry; Bide a wee afore I marry -
No' till Willie catches mair than partans in his creel!

There's a peedie croft amang the heather, Whar he says we'll bide taegether;
While he'll mak a livin' wae his boatie on the sea;
There's a wee bit hoose his Faither biggit, Stootly thatched and snugly riggit,
Waitin' tae be taken ower by Willie an' by me!
Willie stands aroond an' whistles; Willie's fields are fu' o' thistles
Thistles never brought a body any milk an' meal;
Na! I think I'd better tarry; Bide a wee afore I marry -
No' till Willie's catchin' mair than partans in his creel.


partans - edible brown crabs
peedie is Orkney dialect for small or wee (from Norwegian)
trowie is a person who is not well


From Folkways Records No. FW 8470
Music from the Orkney Islands
http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW08470.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9jUI3PtkYk


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Subject: RE: DTCorr/Lyr Add: Partans in His Creel (A Windwick)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Jul 15 - 10:12 PM

"Partans in his Creel" Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meTWTSWyn7A

"More than Partans in his Creel" Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uKFKjx3LU4


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Subject: RE: DTCorr/Lyr Add: Partans in His Creel (A Windwick)
From: GUEST,Orkneylass
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 12:47 PM

The second version of this song is much more like the original than the first one. My sister was one of the first people to sing this song in the late sixties. She was a local singer in Orkney and we knew Allie well.


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Subject: RE: DTCorr/Lyr Add: Partans in His Creel (A Windwick)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 01 Jan 16 - 09:07 PM

Thanks for the video about the Orkney fisherman, Joe. After seeing that small boat on that cold, trackless sea it was good to hear that he has GPS, VHF radio, etc.

The guy is built like a linebacker.


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Subject: RE: DTCorr/Lyr Add: Partans in His Creel (A Windwick)
From: GUEST,Joe Offer
Date: 02 Jan 16 - 04:47 AM

Interesting you should bring this thread up today, leeneia. 12 of us from the Sacramento area went on the Jim Malcolm tour of Orkney in June, and we heard the song there. Margaret Miles learned it, and she sang it admirably well at our New Year's ceilidh at San Francisco's Camp New Harmony.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: DTCorr/Lyr Add: Partans in His Creel (A Windwick)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Jan 16 - 12:07 PM

I wish I could have been there.


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