She's Awa tae be Wed tae Anither

Title - She's Awa tae be Wed tae Anither
Alternate Title - The False Bride
Contributors - Lucy Stewart
Reporters - Prof. Kenneth Goldstein

Summary - In this song, a young man goes to the wedding of his former sweetheart. He toasts the bride as the lass that should have been his, but says [to the groom] that she is only his old shoes. He is asked how many blackberries grow in the sea and he replies as many as ships sail in the forest.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:00
Date Recorded - 1959.12.26
Language - Scots
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 54695
Original Tape ID - SA1960.141
Original Track ID - SA1960.141.A15
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD1198; R154;

Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Old Deer
  Village - Fetterangus

Item Notes - 7 verses of 4 lines, hesitation in verse 4; last line of each verse repeated. This song is commonly known by names such as 'The False Bride', 'I Once Had a Lass' or 'It Wisna My Fortune to Get Her'. In some versions, the man dies of grief, and in others he simply shrugs off the rejection in the sure knowledge that he will find another partner.
Greig-Duncan vol. 6, pp. 310-327, no. 1198
'Bothy Songs & Ballads' (J. Ord, 1930) p. 175
'Traveller's Joy' (M. Yates, 2006) pp. 109-110
'Come Gie's a Sang' (S. Douglas, 1995) pp. 24-25
'Singing Island' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1960) p. 31
'The Sang's the Thing' (S. Douglas, 1992) pp. 226-227
'Last of the Tinsmiths' (S. Douglas, 2006) pp. 173-174
'Irish Street Ballads' (C. O Lochlainn, 1978) pp. 170-171
'Folksongs of Britain & Ireland' (P. Kennedy, 1975) p. 352
'Scottish Studies' 16 (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1972) p. 149
'Jeannie Robertson' (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1995) pp. 244-245
'Traditional Ballad Airs' vol. 2 (W. Christie, 1881) pp. 134-135
'Everyman's Book of English Country Songs' (R. Palmer, 1979) pp. 152-153
'Folk-Song of the North-East' (G. Greig, K. Goldstein & A. Argo, 1963 reprint) art. XXIV

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