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Clyde's Water

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Title - Clyde's Water
Contributors - Maggie Stewart
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - In this ballad, Willie rides out to see his sweetheart, Maggie, crossing the treacherous Clyde river in doing so. Her mother [?] refuses him entry and he is forced to return home, again via the Clyde. This time he drowns in crossing. Maggie goes to look for Willie. Wading into the Clyde, she finds his body, but she herself drowns.

Maggie Stewart learned the song from her brother.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:06:19
Date Recorded - 1954.08
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 10599
Original Tape ID - SA1954.096
Original Track ID - SA1954.96.A6
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C216; GD1231; R91;


Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Aberdeen
  Village - Aberdeen

Item Notes - 13 verses of 4 lines (except v.9 and v. 13 with 6 lines). This version makes only fleeting reference to the curse placed on Willie by Maggie's mother (and does not mention the curse placed on Willie by his own mother, which also sometimes occurs in the song).
See:
Greig-Duncan vol. 6, pp. 433-441
'Tocher' 40 (1986) pp. 211-214
'Scottish Ballads' (E. Lyle, 1994) pp. 206-210
'The Scottish Ballads' (R. Chambers, 1829) pp. 301-305
'Book of Scottish Ballads' (A. Whitelaw, 1845) pp. 38-39
'Ballads of Scotland' vol. 1 (W. E. Aytoun, 1858) pp. 154-157
'Minstrelsy Ancient & Modern' (W. Motherwell, 1827) pp. 155-160
'Ancient Ballads and Songs' vol. 2 (P. Buchan, 1828) pp. 137-142
'Traditional Ballad Airs' vol. 2 (W. Christie, 1881) pp. 250-251
'Last Leaves of Traditional Ballads' (A. Keith & G. Greig, 1925) pp. 146-150
'Andrew Crawfurd's Collection of Ballads & Songs' vol. 2 (E. Lyle, 1996) pp. 30-32
'Folk-Song of the North-East' (G. Greig, K. Goldstein & A. Argo, 1963 reprint) art. LX

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