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Busk, Busk, Bonnie Lassie



ALTERNATE TITLE: "Bonnie Glenshee"

TRACK DURATION: 0:05:09

  • LANGUAGE:
  • Scots

GENRE: Song, Information

COLLECTION: SOSS

RECORDING LOCATION

  • County - Perthshire
  • Parish - Blairgowrie
  • Village - 'Berrybank'

ITEM LOCATION

  • County - Angus
  • Parish - Glenisla
  • Village - Glenisla

TRACK ID: 42615

ORIGINAL TAPE ID: SA1960.116

ORIGINAL TRACK ID: SA1960.116.B5

AUDIO QUALITY: Fair

SOURCE TYPE: Reel to Reel tape

ITEM NOTE: 3 verses and choruses of 4 lines. The melody belongs to a tune family including 'The Bloody Fields of Flanders', which Hamish Henderson used for his 'Freedom Come-All-Ye'.

The progenitor song 'Oh, No, No' features a soldier explaining to his sweetheart why she cannot follow him when he goes away - hence his drawing her attention to the soldiers, telling her that they must be parted, etc. This contrasts with the 'invitation' refrain in 'Busk, Busk, Bonnie Lassie', which is more than a little at odds with the sentiment of the verses.

See:
Greig-Duncan vol. 5, pp. 494-498
'Bothy Songs & Ballads' (J. Ord, 1930) pp. 136-137
'The Scottish Folksinger' (N. Buchan & P. Hall, 1973) p. 111
'Till Doomsday in the Afternoon' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1986) pp. 207-208
'Folk-Song of the North-East' (G. Greig, K. Goldstein & A. Argo, 1963 reprint) art. CVII & CXLI
'Jeannie Robertson: Emergent Singer, Transformative Voice' (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1995) pp. 173-174

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