O That Lang Term Whitsunday
DESCRIPTION: "O that lang term Whitsunday will soon part's a', Then wha'll be my darling when Johnnie's awa'"
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (GreigDuncan8)
KEYWORDS: courting separation farming nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #59, p. 2, ("Oh that lang term Whitsunday Will soon pairt's a") (1 fragment)
GreigDuncan8 1796, "O That Lang Term Whitsunday" (1 short text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Candlemas [February 2], Whitsunday [May 15], Lammas [August 1] and Martinmas [November 11] were the four "Old Scottish term days" "on which servants were hired, and rents and rates were due." (Source: Wikipedia article Quarter days ). [With, of course, the non-trivial footnote that Whitsun was a movable holiday that rarely fell May 15. - RBW]
The current description is all of the GreigDuncan8 text. - BS
Last updated in version 2.6
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2017 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.