DESCRIPTION: The singer prefers a drink from Haining's Well to "liquor or wine or usquebaugh [whisky]." He describes the stream. The quarrymen picnic there. "Beasties" stop there. Wanderers recall it. Let's "hae a fling" to a fiddle there and then sing its praises.
AUTHOR: Frank Gilruth (source: Greig)
EARLIEST DATE: 1911 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: dancing drink fiddle lyric
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #164, p. 1, "Hainan's Waal" (1 text)
GreigDuncan3 506, "Hainan's Waal" (1 text)
NOTES: GreigDuncan3 has a map on p. xxxv, of "places mentioned in songs in volume 3" showing the song number as well as place name; Haining's Well (506) is at coordinate (h3-4,v5-6) on that map [roughly 31 miles WNW of Aberdeen]. - BS
I would not go so far as to suggest literary dependence, but there is an interesting parallel here with the Biblical account of David and his Mighty Men in 2 Samuel 23:15fff. David, for whatever reason, declared, "O that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!" David at this time was still in the wilderness and could not move freely, so three men attacked a Philistine camp to bring David some of the water (which he then reused to drink). - RBW
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