When A' the Lave Gaed to Their Beds
DESCRIPTION: Late at night the singer taps at Nell's window. She lets him in "but a' that passed 'atween us twa An' we'll keep that to our-sell." He leaves at four. Hard work, wind and rain won't deter him "while I am welcome back again To the arms of my dear"
EARLIEST DATE: 1897 (GreigDuncan4)
KEYWORDS: courting nightvisit
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan4 784, "When A' the Lave Gaed to Their Beds" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [43 words]: GreigDuncan4 quoting Robert Reid in an 1897 issue of the Aberdeen Evening Gazette, the source for the text: "I heard them sung between thirty and forty years ago."
The singer leaves at four to be home in time to start work. No mention of cocks crowing. - BS
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