The Evening Meeting

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Title - The Evening Meeting
Contributors - Willie Mathieson
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - A young girl goes to meet her love; the meeting is pleasant, but the parting a grief. She says a thief will rob you but a false lover will kill you. She was courted by one or two, but the one she really loved took the wings of Cupid and flew. She says that he can go as he pleases and she will be fine. Do not put your trust in a sycamore tree. The cuckoo is a fine bird who sings, feeds on honey, and doesn't sing till summer.

This was learned from Sandy Ross through the contributor's second wife.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:17
Date Recorded - 1952.01
Language - English
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 15729
Original Tape ID - SA1952.005
Original Track ID - SA1952.05.A5
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD1157; R413;

Item Notes - Text and music transcribed in the School of Scottish Studies. 6 verses. Verse 5 has 10 lines instead of 8. Versions of the song have been collected in England, Scotland, Canada and the USA. Best known now as 'On Top of Old Smokey'.
Greig-Duncan vol. 6, pp. 220-222
Willie Mathieson's MSS II:56
'English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians' (Cecil Sharp) vol. II, nos. 117 and 140

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