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Lyr Req: the weans march tae the midden

GUEST,andy hay 04 Nov 12 - 02:27 PM
Jim Dixon 04 Nov 12 - 09:35 PM
John MacKenzie 05 Nov 12 - 06:30 AM
Will Fly 05 Nov 12 - 06:38 AM
Jim Dixon 05 Nov 12 - 06:39 AM
John MacKenzie 05 Nov 12 - 08:24 AM
Jim Dixon 05 Nov 12 - 11:11 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: the weans march tae the midden
From: GUEST,andy hay
Date: 04 Nov 12 - 02:27 PM

Watt Nichol poem , cant recall all the lyrics please help


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the weans march tae the midden
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Nov 12 - 09:35 PM

There is a fiddle tune found at Education Scotland, called THE HEN'S MARCH TO THE MIDDEN.

There are several recordings at YouTube.

Spelling of the title varies:

* HENS / HEN'S / HENS'

* TAE / TO / THROUGH / THRU / O'ER / O'RE

* MIDDEN / MIDDENS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the weans march tae the midden
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 05 Nov 12 - 06:30 AM

It's always been, The Hens March Tae the Midden since I was a bairn.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the weans march tae the midden
From: Will Fly
Date: 05 Nov 12 - 06:38 AM

First heard the hens march on the Swarbrick/Carthy album "Rags, Reels & Airs". There's some lovely sharp bowing in the B part which imitates the hens clucking.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the weans march tae the midden
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Nov 12 - 06:39 AM

Another spelling problem: the writer/performer's name is Watt Nicoll.

THE WEANS MARCH TO THE MIDDEN is on the album "Watt is a Four Letter Word" (1968):

From the sleeve notes:

"THE WEANS MARCH TO THE MIDDEN is a monologue in broad Glasca relating the odd boasts of kids like who has the biggest or who can pee the farthest up the wall. These kids are arguing over a Ginger bottle."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the weans march tae the midden
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 05 Nov 12 - 08:24 AM

Ah Jim, the perennial 'ginger' conundrum, which so puzzles non Glaswegians among others.
Ginger is a generic name for what the transponders call soda drinks.
The famous line that flummoxed visitors was when the wee boy went into the shop and said. "A bottle of ginger please" to which the shopkeeper replied "Aye what flavour?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the weans march tae the midden
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Nov 12 - 11:11 AM

JM: They have the same problem in parts of the US south, where all such drinks are called "coke."


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