The Clatterin o Clyde's Waters

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Title - The Clatterin o Clyde's Waters
Alternate Title - Clyde's Waters
Contributors - Stanley Robertson
Reporters - Ailie Edmunds Munro

Summary - A truncated version of 'Clyde's Water' in which Willie rides out to see his sweetheart Maggie, and must cross the treacherous River Clyde to do so. When he arrives at the river's edge, he asks the Clyde to let him cross, even if it should not permit him to return. When Willie arrives at Maggie's house, she refuses to let him in, as her house is full of guests. He turns to leave, dejected. When he returns to the Clyde, his first step in the water sees him lose his hat, and on bending down to retrieve it, he is taken by the river. His brother urges him to grab hold of his stallion [song ends abruptly when tape runs out].

Stanley Robertson remarks that this version has been passed down through his people [Travellers] and is unique to them.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:34
Date Recorded - 1973.09.08
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 67182
Original Tape ID - SA1973.111
Original Track ID - SA1973.111.B4a
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C216; GD1231; R91;

Recording Location:
  County - Kinross-shire
  Parish - Kinross
  Village - Kinross

Item Location:
  County - Lanarkshire
  Village - River Clyde

Item Notes - 11 verses of 4 lines; tape runs out during verse 11.
'Tocher' 40 (1986) pp. 211-214
Greig-Duncan vol. 6, pp. 433-441
'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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