Eenst Upon a Time

Title - Eenst Upon a Time
Contributors - Jeannie Robertson
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - The singer says that once she had a handsome lad and now she has none, but he should not think she cares. She can do with a man or without one.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:00:37
Date Recorded - 1959
Language - Scots
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 40378
Original Tape ID - SA1959.015
Original Track ID - SA1959.15.A1
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - R3361; R7253;

Item Notes - 2 verses.
Porter and Gower suggest a possible origin of this song, but fail to mention the clear link with 'Had I the Wyte?' (Roud Folk Song No. 7253), itself modelled on the Robert Burns' song of the same name. Ray Fisher used Jeannie Robertson's fragment and added verses of her own.
'Come Gie's a Sang' (S. Douglas, 1995) p.66
'Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection' vol.7, p.234
'The Scottish Folksinger (N. Buchan & P. Hall, 1973) p.63
'Songs from David Herd's Manuscripts' (H. Hecht, 1904) p.117, 288
'Jeannie Robertson: Emergent Singer, Transformative Voice' (J. Porter
& H. Gower, 1995) pp.217-218

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