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Lyr Req: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?

GUEST,jackson@bulldogclub.u-net.com 03 Jul 02 - 01:24 PM
MMario 03 Jul 02 - 01:31 PM
GUEST,Ewan McVicar 03 Jul 02 - 04:07 PM
GUEST,Ewan McVicar 03 Jul 02 - 04:10 PM
Jon Bartlett 03 Jul 02 - 04:16 PM
GUEST,Pete of Windle 07 Mar 03 - 05:35 PM
Inükshük 09 Mar 03 - 09:22 AM
Jon Bartlett 10 Mar 03 - 03:18 AM
Nigel Parsons 10 Mar 03 - 05:16 AM
Nigel Parsons 10 Mar 03 - 05:35 AM
GUEST 24 Dec 09 - 02:14 PM
MGM·Lion 24 Dec 09 - 02:31 PM
Jim Dixon 30 Dec 09 - 03:22 PM
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Subject: Lyrics Requested -
From: GUEST,jackson@bulldogclub.u-net.com
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 01:24 PM

Trying to trace a song which contains the lines "McPherson swore a feud against the Clan McTavish and went into their lands to murder and to ravish" Any help gratefully received


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Subject: RE: Lyrics Requested -
From: MMario
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 01:31 PM

I can find only one reference to it on the net - and that has less then you gave us here.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: GUEST,Ewan McVicar
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 04:07 PM

Annoyingly, the book containing this - a favourite performance piece of my father's - has disappeared from the shelves. A 'parody' piece, written by I think W H Aytoun or some similar name? Look for it under the title The Massacre Of MacPherson.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: GUEST,Ewan McVicar
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 04:10 PM

I tried the above title in Google and it coughed several references. Good luck sifting.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 04:16 PM

I know of the song - it concerns one of the two despoiling the other's Sabbath sporran - but I can't place a source. Paddy Graber of Surrey BC sings it.


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Subject: ADD: Massacre of MacPherson
From: GUEST,Pete of Windle
Date: 07 Mar 03 - 05:35 PM

Massacre of MacPherson
from " The Bon Gaultier Ballads"
Published by Blackwood & Sons Edinburgh

Oh! Fhairson swore a feud
Against ta clan MacTavish
Marched into their land
To murder and to ravish,
For he did resolve
To extirpate ta fipers
With four-and-twenty men,
And five-and-thirty pipers. oh!

Chorus Ec... Ta.... An'Tats ta Gaelic Chorus

But when he had gone
Half way down Strath Canaan
Of his fighting tail
Just three there were remainin' -
They were all he had
To back him into battle;
All ta rest had gone
Off to drive ta cattle. Ch

"Ferry goot!" cried Fhairson
So my clan disgraced is
Lads, we'll need to fight
Pefore we touch the feasties
Here's Mhic-Mac-Methuselah
Comin' with his fassels
Ghillies seventy-three
An' sixty Dhuine-wassails. Ch

"Coot tay to you sir,
Are you not a Fhairshon?
Wass you comin' here
To fisit any person?
You're a plackguard sir!
It iss now six hundred
Coot long years, and more,
Since my glen was plundered. Ch

"Fat is tat you say?
Dare you cock your peaver?
I will teach you, sir,
Fat is coot behaviour!
You shall not exist
For another tay more-
I will shoot you, sir,
Or stap you with my claymore.   Ch

In this fery way
Tied ta faliant Fhairshon,
Who was always thought
A most superior person.
Fhaishon had a son
Who married Noah's Taughter,
Ant nearly spoilt ta floot
Py trinkin' up ta water.    Ch


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: Inükshük
Date: 09 Mar 03 - 09:22 AM

I have the song "Massacre of MacPherson" in an old book (circa 1900) that belonged to my father. The covers and title pages are long gone, but if I remember rightly it was called something like "The Scottish Student's Book of Song". It cites "The Bon Gaultier Ballads" published by Blackwood & Sons Edinburgh as the primary source as noted in the previous post.
   The version I have contains two additional verses (six and eight) if anyone is interested. The other six are virtually identical to those previously posted.
   There is a subtitle "A Highland Legend (from the Gaelic)", and a notation that says, "Both Solo and Chorus must be sung in a droning, nasal manner." Dad used to do a fine job singing this one, and we'd imitate bagpipes on the chorus. Thanks for jogging my memory, I haven't dug this old book out in years.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 03:18 AM

I said I knew of it, but it's not so. The "Sunday sporran" song was called "McFadden and McPhee" which I heard from Murray Shoolbraid. His source might well have been Jeanie Redpath.

Jon Bartlett


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE MASSACRE OF MACPHERSON
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 05:16 AM

As Inükshük mentions, there is a longer version in The Scottish Students' Song Book (p246). so I append it below. The existing six verses also have a few slight variations.
________________________________________________

THE MASSACRE OF MACPHERSON
Words from " The Bon Gaultier Ballads"

Oh! Fhairshon swore a feud
Against ta clan Mac-Tavish
March'd into their land
To murder and to ravish;
For he did resolve
To extirpate ta fipers,
With four and twenty men,
And five and thirty pipers. Oh!

Chorus (in four parts)
Part 1 "Ee" (droned on C above middle C)
Part 2 Taaaa. Taaa. Taaa. An' t'at's ta Gaelic chorus (melody)
Part 3 "Ah" (Droned on C below middle C)
Part 4 "Oom" (Droned on G (space below bass clef)

But when he had gone
Half-way down Strath Canaan
Of his fighting tail
Just three were remainin' -
They were all he had
To back him in ta battle;
All the rest had gone
Off to drive ta cattle.

"Ferry coot!" cried Fhairshon
"So my clan disgraced is;
Lads, we'll need to fight
Pefore we touch ta peasties
Here's Mhic-Mac-Methuselah
Comin' with his fassels
Ghillies seventy-three
An' sixty Dhuine-wassails."

"Coot tay to you sir;
Are you not ta Fhairshon?
Wass you comin' here
To fisit any person?
You're a plackguard sir!
It is now six hundred
Coot long years, and more,
Since my glen was plundered."

"Fat is tat you say?
Dare you cock your peaver?
I will teach you, sir,
Fat is coot pehaviour!
You shall not exist
For another day more;
I will shoot you, sir,
Or stap you with my claymore."

"I am fery glad
To learn what you mention,
Since I can prevent
Any such intention"
So Mhic-Mac-Methuselah
Gave some warlike howls,
Trew his skhia-dhu,
An' stuck it in his powels.

In this fery way
Tied ta faliant Fhairshon,
Who was always thought
A most superior person.
Fhairshon had a son
Who married Noah's daughter,
And nearly spoilt ta flood
By trinkin' up ta water.

Which he would have done-
I, at least believe it-
Had ta mixture peen
Only half Glenlivet.
This is all my tale;
Sirs, I hope 'tis new t'ye;
Here's your fery coot healths,
And tamn ta whusky duty!

Notes:
This version as published in the Scottish Students' Song Book (6th edition 1897).
The title is given as "The Massacre of Macpherson. A Highland Legend (from the Gaelic).
The chorus is marked "Both Solo and chorus must be sung in a droning, nasal manner"
Words included by kind permission of Messrs. Wm Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, publishers of "The Bon Gaultier Ballads"

NP


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 05:35 AM

e-mail sent to Jackson (original requester) letting him know details are here. Scanned copy of music also included.

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 02:14 PM

Donald Munro,muckermunro59@hotmail.com. Weel,weel,weel. My father used to sing about ta Fhairson too,and had a copy of the Students' Song Book ()since disappeared).It has been bugging me increasingly that I could only remember verse 1,2&3 and the chorus as "yachen,yachen,yachen,etc. for that's the Gaelic chorus". So thank you all. I was on the right track but you and Google have helped me knit it up. Magic.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 02:31 PM

I had two Scottish friends at Christ's College, Cambridge, in the early 1950s, named Alistair Anderson-Scott and Jim Gilfellan [the latter also a piper], much in demand at parties to sing this song, which they said they had 'always known from early schooldays' — so as late as that it seems to have remained in oral tradition among young Scots. I don't think they had known one another at school, but had met at the college; but both certainly knew the song. Their chorus was [phonetically, as I recall it] -

Cammer-oo cammer-o cammer-i
Cammer-oo cammer-o cammer-orus
Cammer-oo cammer-o cammer-i —
And that's the Gaelic chorus.

Jim died a few years ago. I have no idea what happened to Alistair.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Dec 09 - 03:22 PM

THE MASSACRE OF THE MACPHERSON can be found in The Family Library of British Poetry from Chaucer to the Present Time by James Thomas Fields and Edwin Percy Whipple (Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1878), page 935. Compared to the text posted by Nigel Parsons above, the verses are exactly the same, although there are numerous differences in spelling, all attributable to the dialect. No chorus is indicated. Authorship is credited to William Edmondstoune Aytoun (1813-1865).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 12:24 PM

Back to an old thread, to remark that nobody has seen fit above to specify the origin of the tune to which these words are sung. Mr Aytoun & Sir T Martin* must surely have set their lyrics to an older tune. Sounds to me as if it might have been a pipe tune -- a reel?. Anyone have a title for it?

≈M≈


*"Bon Gaultier was a nom de plume assumed by the writers William Edmonstoune Aytoun and Sir Theodore Martin.
The humorous Bon Gaultier Ballads remained popular for a long time; originally contributed to a magazine, they appeared in book form in 1845." Wikipedia


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: GUEST,#
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 01:34 PM

Picture of a broadside with the song lyrics on it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McPherson feud with Clan McTavish?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 14 Apr 15 - 02:18 PM

Ah, thank you, Mr #. I see it says the tune is original.

≈M≈


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