My Son David
Date September 1955
Track ID 29804
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1955.154.B5

Original Tape ID

SA1955.154

Summary

The mother asks her son to explain the blood on his sword. He says it's his hound's, then his mare's, then his hunting hawk's, then confesses that he has killed his brother John. He will go away in a bottomless boat and will never return.

Item Notes

Words and music transcribed in School of Scottish Studies. 10 verses.

See:
'Scotish (sic) Songs' vol. 2 (Ritson, 1794, 1869) pp. 480-482
'The Scottish Ballads' (Chambers, 1829) pp. 326-328
'Ballads of Scotland' vol. 2 (Aytoun, 1858) pp. 18-20

Recording Location

County - Midlothian

Parish - Edinburgh

Village/Place - Edinburgh

Language

Scots

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R200; C13;