Clyde's Water
Date 1977
Track ID 79963
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1977.003

Original Tape ID

SA1977.003

Summary

Willie rode across the Clyde to see Maggie. She refused to let him in, saying there were gentlemen in her bower. Returning over the Clyde, he was unhorsed. His brother urged him to swim, but he had lost heart because of Maggie's falseness. Maggie followed, begging his forgiveness and blaming her stepmother, and saying they would drown together.

Stanley Robertson explains that it was Maggie's stepmother who had spoken to Willie. There is some discussion of songs with similar themes.

Language

Scots

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Classification

R91; GD1231; C216;