Cauld Kail in Aberdeen (V)
DESCRIPTION: Will married Mary but left her rocking a borrowed cradle to drink. Their money had been spent on drink. Reeling home one night he falls off the bridge over Bogie, prays to be saved and gives up drink. "Now Mary's heart is light again"
AUTHOR: Carolina Oliphaunt, Lady Nairne (1766-1845) (source: Rogers)
EARLIEST DATE: 1843 (Whitelaw-BookOfScottishSong)
KEYWORDS: drink hardtimes injury river
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Whitelaw-BookOfScottishSong, pp. 256-257, "Tee-total Song" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Charles Rogers, Life and Songs of Baroness Nairne with a Memoir and Poems of Caroline Oliphant the Younger, (Edinburgh, 1905 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 225-226, "Cauld Kail in Aberdeen"
cf. "Cauld Kale in Aberdeen" (I) (tune and some lines) and references there
NOTES [64 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)
Whitelaw has no attribution. Since Whitelaw has confirmed attributions for the other songs I have found in this book I take this to mean that Baroness Nairne's authorship was not well known in 1845. - BS
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