Feeing Time (II), The
DESCRIPTION: Singer goes to Glasgow seeking a job, and is hired by a farmer. He describes the bad working conditions: the servant-maids give food to the dog instead of to the workers; the horses won't work. He'll bundle up his "auld bit rags and gang the road I cam"
EARLIEST DATE: 1969 (collected from John MacDonald)
KEYWORDS: farming work nonballad horse worker rambling travel
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Bord))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Greig #26, p. 1, "The Feeing Time" (1 text)
GreigDuncan4 883, "Milguy," GreigDuncan8 Addenda, "Milguy" (13 texts, 12 tunes)
MacSeegTrav 104, "The Feein' Time" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "I Walk the Road Again" (lyrics)
cf. "The Barnyards o' Delgaty" (theme)
cf. "Copshawholm Fair" (subject)
The Baker o' Milngavie
The Glasgow Feein' Time
The Glasgow Fair
The Baker Lad
NOTES [120 words]: Somehow, the last verse of "I Walk the Road Again" seems to have made it across the Atlantic and gotten translated into Scots. - PJS
Not to be confused with "The Feeing Time (II)," which is a song about a courtship.
To earn one's fee was to go to a hiring fair and be taken on for a position. - RBW
GreigDuncan4: "'Milguy' is a pronunciation spelling of 'Milngavie."
GreigDuncan4 quoting Duncan: "Mrs Gillespie says it is widely known that the persons referred to in [this song] were Alexander Carse who lived in Glasgow, and flourished as a baker, [and his wife]."
Also collected and sung by Ellen Mitchell, "Feein Day" (on Kevin and Ellen Mitchell, "Have a Drop Mair," Musical Tradition Records MTCD315-6 CD (2001)) - BS
Last updated in version 2.5
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 2018 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.