TRACK DURATION: 0:02:13
TRACK ID: 47714
ORIGINAL TAPE ID: SA1954.034
ORIGINAL TRACK ID: SA1954.34.A4
AUDIO QUALITY: Fair
SOURCE TYPE: Reel to Reel tape
6 verses of 4 lines; last line of first verse not sung. Melodeon accompaniment. Recorded at 4th People's Festival Cèilidh. Composed by the famous bothy balladeer G. S. Morris.
Nicky tams were leather thongs (or sometimes pieces of cord) tied below the farm worker's knee in order to keep the trouser legs from trailing in the mud (and allegedly to prevent rats and mice from crawling up the legs). The name derives from 'nicky' as an allusion to 'knickerbockers' (which were fashionable at the time) and 'tams' from 'taum', meaning 'cord'.
'Scotland Sings' (E. MacColl, 1953) p. 96
'101 Scottish Songs' (N. Buchan, 1962) pp. 48-49
'Kerr's Buchan Bothy Ballads' vol. 2 (G. S. Morris & J. S. Kerr, 1957) pp. 2-3
'Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1977) pp. 316-318
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