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The Glasgow Magistrate

  • (Trad)

    Crail, Wemyss and Kirkcaldy are famous for haddies
    Stirling may boast o' her salmon sae fine
    Aberdeen o' her crabs, cockles, lobsters and speldanes
    But the fat Glasgow Magistrate grows in Loch Fyne
    There's eggs in the Highgate, there's tripe in the Briggate
    King Street has flesh and there's kail in it too
    In Stockwell, a wealth o' baith meal and potatoes
    The Trongate will fit ye wi' hats and wi' shoes

    Auld London has plenty o' things that are dainty
    Edinburgh's wealth, baith physic and law
    But gie me a toon that's fu' o' guid fellas
    Glesca can bear up the best o' them a'
    Ye may gang o'er tae France where ye'll caper and dance
    And there ye'll find a' thing that's gossy an' braw
    But at hame ye should tarry and no cross the ferry
    For Glesca has whisky and guid ale and a'

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh & Brian McNeill)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1990:] An old nickname for the Loch Fyne herring was 'A Glasgow Magistrate', suggesting that the worthies of the local court were rather plump and oily. (McVicar, One Singer One Song 130)

  • [1995:] The title is slang for a herring, preferably a fat one [...]. This appetising list of Clydeside's good life was married to the tune Haste To The Wedding by Archie Fisher. (Notes Iain MacKintosh & Brian McNeill, 'Stage By Stage')

  • Tune: Haste to the Wedding

Quelle: Scotland

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