What Ails the Lasses at Me?
DESCRIPTION: The singer, is a "winsome" well-off farmer, with goods and credit, "and few I see gang oot more handsome." Lasses quickly take to wretches and sick men but deny him. He would take any girl, honest and free, if she would just write a note to him.
AUTHOR: Alexander Ross (source: Chambers)
EARLIEST DATE: 1829 (Chambers)
KEYWORDS: farming nonballad bachelor
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan7 1393, "I Am a Young Bachelor" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Chambers, The Scottish Songs (Edinburgh, 1829), Vol II, pp. 604-605, "What Ails the Lasses at Me?"
The Bachelor's Lament
NOTES [35 words]: GreigDuncan7 from Greig quoting James M Taylor: "The date of this fine old song which I have heard sung on several occasions is probably 1778 as it does not appear in Ross's first edition of his poems in 1768." - BS
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