Cauld Kail in Aberdeen (III)
DESCRIPTION: The singer prefers dancing with a lass to drinking all night. He describes different (national) dances. Every lad has a lass "save yon auld doited fogey." The dancers rest and drink, "And try ilk ither to surpass, wishing health to every lass"
AUTHOR: Alexander, Duke of Gordon (1743-1827) (source: Eyre-Todd)
EARLIEST DATE: 1788 (The Scots Musical Museum, #170)
KEYWORDS: age courting dancing drink nonballad
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Whitelaw-Song, pp. 237-238, "Cauld Kail in Aberdeen" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: James Johnson, Editor, _The Scots Musical Museum_ [1853 edition], volume II, #162, p. 170, "Cauld Kail in Aberdeen" (1 text, 1 tune)
Robert Chambers, The Scottish Songs (Edinburgh, 1829), Vol I, pp. 276-278, "Cauld Kail in Aberdeen"
George Eyre-Todd, Scottish Poetry of the Eighteenth Century, (Glasgow, 1896 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 43-45, "Cauld Kail in Aberdeen"
ST BdCKAb3 (Partial)
cf. "Cauld Kale in Aberdeen (I)" (tune and some lines) and references there
cf. "Cauld Kale in Aberdeen (II)" (tune, two verses and subject) and references there
NOTES [129 words]: For the origin of the five different versions of "Cauld Kale in Aberdeen" and some background on common elements of the song, see the notes to "Cauld Kale in Aberdeen (I)" - (BS, RBW
Eyre-Todd: "Famous chiefly as the patron of Robert Burns ... the representative of the ancient house of Gordon and Huntly ... raised two Highland regiments for the King.... The song is believed to have been a satire on an aged nobleman who had sought unsuccessfully to woo a young lass [see 'Cauld Kale in Aberdeen' (II)]."
"The second volume of the [Johnson's] Museum, issued in the spring of 1788, included 'Cauld Kail in Aberdeen,' notified as composed by 'the D of G" (source: Charles Rogers, The Book of Robert Burns, (Edinburgh, 1889 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. I, p. 341). - BS
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