O Mither! Ony Body
DESCRIPTION: A girl would "rather lie through life my lane Than cuddle wi' a weaver." But a weaver is her only offer though she tries everything "that some ane might come to her aid." Failing at all she takes the weaver: "Sma' fish are better far than nane"
AUTHOR: Alexander Rodger (1784-1846) (source: Whistle-Binkie)
EARLIEST DATE: 1846 (_Whistle-Binkie_)
KEYWORDS: courting marriage rejection weaving
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan3 478, "O, Mither, Onybody!" (1 fragment)
ADDITIONAL: Whistle-Binkie [, First Series] (Glasgow, 1846), pp. 57-58, "O Mither! Ony Body"; also Whistle-Binkie, (Glasgow, 1878), Vol I, pp. 128-129, "O Mither! Ony Body"
cf. "Sir Alexander McDonald's Reel" (tune, per Whistle-Binkie)
NOTES: The description follows Whistle-Binkie.
Apparently broadside Bodleian, 2806 c.11(180), "O Mither! Ony body" ("O mither, ony body!"), The Poet's box (Glasgow), 1865 "To the tune of: Sir Alexander McDonald's reel," is this song but I could not download and verify it. Fortunately, a readable image of the same broadside is available as reference GC 398.5 GLA at "Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection" at The Glasgow Story site. - BS
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