Ewie Wi' the Crookit Horn

DESCRIPTION: In praise of the ewie -- "a' wha kent her could hae sworn Sic a ewie ne'er was born, Hereabouts or far awa'." All who knew the ewie (i.e. a still) loved her products -- but now she is missing or dead, (taken by revenuers)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1803 (_Scots Musical Museum_, #293)
KEYWORDS: drink animal separation
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Whitelaw-BookOfScottishSong, p. 88, "The Ewie" (1 text)
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 271, "The Ewie Wi' the Crookit Horn" (1 text+1 in appendix, 1 tune)
Porter/Gower-Jeannie-Robertson-EmergentSingerTransformativeVoice #19, pp. 143-144, "Yowie Wi' the Crookit Horn"" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: James Johnson, Editor, _The Scots Musical Museum_ [1853 edition], volume III, #293, p. 302, "The Ewie wi' the Crooked Horn"(1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #2140
Lucy Stewart, "The Ewie wi' the Crookit Horn" (on FSB10)
cf. "Blockader's Trail" (subject)
cf. "The Moonshine Can" (subject)
cf. "The Black Stripper" (subject, theme)
Yowie Wi' the Crookit Horn
NOTES [103 words]: This humorous song seems innocent enough, but the Rev. John Skinner found its subtle meanings sufficiently problematic that he produced a "clean" version about an actual sheep! This found its way into print before most of the versions about the illicit still, but there can be little doubt about which is older. - RBW
Porter/Gower-Jeannie-Robertson-EmergentSingerTransformativeVoice report that "Lucy Stewart ... was quite definite about the ewie's being a pot still" (p. 144), the ewe being a nickname for a still. - DGE
See John Skinner, Songs and Poems (Peterhead, 1859), pp. 67-70, "The Ewie Wi' the Crookit Horn." - BS
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