Herrin's Heids
Date 1973
Track ID 27319
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1973.16.A8

Original Tape ID

SA1973.016

Summary

The herring is put to all sorts of unlikely uses: the head makes bread, the eyes make pies, fins make pins, the back makes a boy called Jack, the belly makes a girl called Nellie, and the tail makes a ship with a sail.

Item Notes

6 verses with extending chorus. Often taken to be a nonsense song, but actually a clever allegory on the importance of the herring to all aspects of a fisher family's life.

Recording Location

County - Aberdeenshire

Parish - Aberdeen

Village - Aberdeen

Language

Scots

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R128;