Grat for Gruel
Date August 1959
Track ID 45797
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1959.82.B4

Original Tape ID

SA1959.082

Summary

The newly wed weaver refuses to eat anything but gruel. His bride says there are no spoons, so he asks for a spade. She says there is no pot; he says he'll use the washing pot. She brings cakes and wine but he spurns them. The singer advises any young woman to avoid marrying a weaver who thinks more of his porridge than of her.

Item Notes

5 verses. Comic bothy song.

See:
'Ballad Book' vol. 1 (Sharpe, 1891 reprint) pp. 23-24

Recording Location

County - Midlothian

Parish - Kirknewton

Village/Place - Linburn

Language

Scots

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R935;