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A Dottered Auld Carle

  • (Trad)

    A dottered auld carle cam' o'er the lea
    Ha ha but I wadnae hae him
    He cam' o'er the lea, an' a' tae court me
    Wi' his grey beard newly shaven

    My mither telt me tae open the door
    I opened the door, and he tottered in o'er

    My mither telt me tae gie him a chair
    I gie'd him a chair, and he sat on the flair

    My mither telt me tae gie him some meat
    I gave him some meat, but he'd nae teeth tae eat

    My mither telt me tae gie him some drink
    I gie'd him some drink, and he began tae wink

    My mither telt me tae gie him a kiss
    If you like him sae weel, ye can kiss him yoursel'

    Wi' his aul' grey beard newly shaven
    Wi' his aul' grey beard newly shaven
    If you like him sae weel, ye can kiss him yoursel'
    Wi' his aul' grey beard newly shaven

    As sung by Jeannie Robertson

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1984:] There are many songs, scattered throughout the world, which reflect the sad custom of making a young girl marry a greybeard for money. Happily, quite a number (like this one) chronicle the lassie's spirited refusal to go along with the idea. The tune resembles the pipe march Leaving Port Askaig. (Hamish Henderson, notes Jeannie Robertson, 'Up the Dee and Doon the Don')

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