I will Set my Ship in Order

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Title - I will Set my Ship in Order
Contributors - Willie Mathieson
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - The sailor has been away for some time. When he returns he raps on his sweetheart's window and asks to come in. At first she does not realise it is him, but he gives his name and asks her to go to her father to see if he will let her marry him. She says her father has a letter which says much to the sailor's dispraise.

Willie Mathieson cannot recall where he first heard the song.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:01:37
Date Recorded - 1952.01
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 18356
Original Tape ID - SA1952.013
Original Track ID - SA1952.13.B1
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD792; LM4; R402;

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

Item Notes - Text and music transcribed in School of Scottish Studies. 6 verses. Not in Willie Mathieson's MS. The six verses that Willie sings are close to those in Ord. In the remaining verses the sailor swears he has not in any way slighted his sweetheart and asks her to seek her mother's approval, but she says her mother is asleep and cannot be disturbed, so he can go and court someone else. She then goes to let him in but he has left and set sail. She begs him to come back but he is too far away and she flings herself into the sea.

Greig-Duncan vol. 4, pp. 158-173
Ord pp. 318-319
Laws M4

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