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Travellers modified songs to express their feelings; an exam...

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Title - Travellers modified songs to express their feelings; an exam...
Contributors - Betsy Whyte
Reporters - Peter R. Cooke; Dr Linda Williamson

Summary - Travellers modified songs to express their feelings; an example.

Telling stories and singing passed the time around the camp-fire. Betsy Whyte's mother had songs for every mood. When she was angry she sang marches, adding words of her own to express her feelings, especially to Betsy's father. Women and men often did this.

On one occasion, Betsy's mother was jealous of a woman called Meg Burns and was nagging her husband about her. Betsy diddles the words that he altered to provoke Betsy's mother, in effect telling her to kiss Meg Burns' backside:

Oota moola feega, oota moola feega, oota moola feega,
Red hips, Jean's nose, Meg Burns.

Betsy's mother grabbed his razor and almost slit her own throat in aggravation.


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:03:40
Date Recorded - 1975.11.17
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Story, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 77237
Original Tape ID - SA1975.190
Original Track ID - SA1975.190
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R


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