It Wisna my Fortune to Get Her

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Title - It Wisna my Fortune to Get Her
Contributors - Jeannie Robertson
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - This song is about a man whose former lover is now to be wed to another. He asks her to wait as she is "false beguiled". [Apparently at the wedding] he raises a toast to the couple, saying however that she is only his old shoes when she is with her new husband. Broken-hearted, he says he will lie down for a long sleep [i.e. death], this being the only way he can forget her.

Jeannie Robertson heard the song from her mother when she was about eight years old.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:27
Date Recorded - 1954.08
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 41229
Original Tape ID - SA1954.088
Original Track ID - SA1954.88.A5
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD1198; R154;

Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Aberdeen
  Village - Aberdeen

Item Notes - 6 verses. Also called 'She's Only My Auld Shoes' or 'I Aince Lo'ed a Lass'. There is a version called 'It was not My Fortune to Get Her' in the National Library of Scotland broadsides collection, published at the Overgate in Dundee, c. 1880-1900.
'Jeannie Robertson: Emergent Singer, Transformative Voice' (Porter & Gower, 1995) pp. 244-245
Greig-Duncan vol. 6, pp. 310-327, no. 1198
Ord p. 175 'It wasna My Fortune to Get Her'

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