When I was Noo but Sweet Sixteen

Date October 1953
Track ID 26555
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1953.235.A7

Original Tape ID

SA1953.235

Summary

In this song, a young nineteen-year-old woman has been abandoned by her ploughman lover, and must care for their baby all alone. She regrets not having listened to her mother, and recalls with sadness how fine life was not so long ago when she was sixteen.

Hamish Henderson remarks that this song has a line recently imported from a much older song, 'The Bonnie Rantin Laddie'.

Item Notes

4 verses. A variant title is 'Hishie Ba' (Roud 3449).

Recording Location

County - Midlothian

Parish - Edinburgh

Village/Place - Edinburgh

Language

English

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R5138; R3449;