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Clyde's Water

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Title - Clyde's Water
Contributors - Alexina Stewart Allanson
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - Fragments of the ballad 'Clyde's Water' in which Willie rides out to see Maggie, despite his mother's attempts to dissuade him.

Ina Allanson learned the song from her father.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:00:53
Date Recorded - 1961
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 37309
Original Tape ID - SA1961.038
Original Track ID - SA1961.38.A1
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C216; GD1231; R91;


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

Item Notes - 2 verses; verse 1 has 6 lines, verse 2 has 4 lines. Sung to the original melody of Robert Burns' song 'Auld Lang Syne' (not the commonly known tune, originally taken from the song 'I Fee'd a Lad at Martinmas').
These fragments come from the opening verses; the ballad involves two lovers whose mothers disapprove of their love, and who are both drowned in the River Clyde due to their mothers' curses.
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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