Sandy's the Laddie That I'm Gaun Wi'
DESCRIPTION: "He's coming doun the Donside ... Wi' a feather in his bonnet and a ribbond round's knee, And Sandy's the laddie that I'm ga'en wi." The singer has no use for "Willie at the cauld wallie" or Johnnie "at the back door" or any other boy waiting.
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Crawfurd2)
KEYWORDS: courting rejection nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #157, pp. 2-3, "Sandy's the Laddie"; Greig #115, p. 3, ("Oot spak' the auld guidwife") (1 text plus 1 fragment)
GreigDuncan4 749, "Sandy's the Laddie That I'm Gaun Wi'" (6 texts, 3 tunes)
Lyle-Crawfurd2 97, "Sandy's at the Cauld Well" (1 fragment)
cf. "The Win' Blew the Bonnie Lassie's Plaidie Awa'" (tune, per Greig)
cf. "Fat'll Mak a Bonny Lassie Blythe an' Glad?" (tune, per GreigDuncan5) and references there
He's a Bonny Bonny Laddie That I'm Gaun Wi'
Sandy's at the Cauld Well
NOTES: In another version Sandy is "sailin on the Jean" and "comin' doon the dykeside ... Wi' a ribbon at his bonnet and a buckle at his knee." The line "a feather in his bonnet and a ribbon at his knee" is also in "There Grows a Bonnie Brier Bush" (see Robert Burns, The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns (New Lanark,2005), pp. 377-378)
In other versions, Sandy's left waiting with Jamie and Johnnie in favor of Willie, or with Willie in favor of Jamie. - BS
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