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Lyr Req: Caller O'u - The Boatmen o' the Firth

Nancy 09 Dec 99 - 08:29 PM
Murray on Saltspring 10 Dec 99 - 02:43 AM
Nancy 10 Dec 99 - 07:43 PM
Dave Rado 12 May 12 - 11:34 AM
Tattie Bogle 12 May 12 - 08:08 PM
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Subject: Caller O'U
From: Nancy
Date: 09 Dec 99 - 08:29 PM

I'm looking for the words to this song that Jean Redpath sings on her First Flight CD. The words and music are by John Gray, M.D. I can't quite pick up all the words. Thanks for any help.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Caller O'U
From: Murray on Saltspring
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 02:43 AM

1). When winter winds howl, and the sea, rolling high,
Our boatmen sae brave all dangers defy;
Their last haul on board, they steer for the shore,
Their live cargo landed, is soon at our door.
Caller o'u!
[repeated in the accompaniment] Caller o'u!
Caller o'u frae the Forth.
Caller o'u! Caller o'u!

2). At nicht round the ingle sae canty are we,
The oyster lass brings her treat frae the sea;
Wi' music and sang, as time passes by,
We hear in the distance the creel-lassie's cry.
Caller o'u, etc.

3). Success to the boatmen at hame and awa',
At kirk and at fair there's nane gaes sae braw;
And leal be their dames, sae blythesome and fair;
Their voice in the ev'ning is music to hear.
Caller o'u! etc.

-- This is in "Lyric Gems of Scotland, pub. Bayley & Ferguson (London-Glasgow) maybe in the twenties. John Gray, M.D., born about 1795 maybe, died in London, c. 1852. This song, often titled "The Boatmen of the Forth", was a pop for a long time, and maybe Jean gave it a new lease of life.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Caller O'U
From: Nancy
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 07:43 PM

Thanks for the words. I have spent so much time trying to decipher them for my mother. She will be thrilled to finally have them!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Caller O'u - The Boatmen o' the Firth
From: Dave Rado
Date: 12 May 12 - 11:34 AM

Minor point, but I'm puzzled by the word "gaes" in this context - the usual old Scots word would be "gangs" not "gaes".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Caller O'u - The Boatmen o' the Firth
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 12 May 12 - 08:08 PM

Depends which pairt o' Scotland yer in: both are in common usage.


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