Cock Your Beaver
DESCRIPTION: "When first my Jamie he came to the town, He had a blue bonnet, a hole in the crown, But now he has gotten a hat and a feather: Hey, Jamie lad, cock your beaver." Jamie now has"gold behind" and "gold afore," and is urged to show it proudly
EARLIEST DATE: 1821 (Hogg2); probably before 1776 (Herd)
KEYWORDS: clothes money
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Hogg2 64, "Cock Up Your Beaver" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lyle-Crawfurd2 163, "Johnie Lad and His Braw Baiver" (1 text)
Whitelaw-Song, p. 219, "Cock Up Your Beaver" (1 text)
Montgomerie-ScottishNR 112, "(When first my Jamie he came to the town)" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Chambers, The Popular Rhymes of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1870 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 32-33, "Cock Your Beaver"
NOTES [135 words]: A description for the Hogg2 text is: The singer says her brave Johnnie has traded his blue bonnet for a hat with a feather and a white rose on the band. He's gone south with Andrew Ferrara and "Donald the drover, and Duncan the caird, And Sawney the shaver, and Logie the laird." Hogg2 has no explanation except that it "is a clever old song" and "There are various sets of it sung in the country. Johnson, in his Museum, has made sure of leaving out all that may be misconstrued, by publishing only one verse to suit the air."
Whitelaw-Song has only two verses, the second of which is "Cock up your beaver, And cock it fu' sprush, We'll over the border and give them a brush; There's somebody there We'll teach better behaviour -- Hy, brave Johnnie lad, Cock up your beaver," which is very close to Hogg2.- BS
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