Plooman Laddie (I), The

DESCRIPTION: "My love's a plooman and follows the ploo, I promised to him and I'll keep it true.... What's better than a plooman?" The singer rejects many (e.g. "I micht hae gotten the miller... But the smell o' the dust wad had done me ill") and rejoices to be wed
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1907 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: love courting farming rejection
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #130, p. 1, "The Plooman Laddie" (1 text)
GreigDuncan3 445, "The Plooman Laddie" (5 texts, 4 tunes)
Ord, pp. 223-224, "The Plooman Laddie" (1 text)

Roud #3447
cf. "Soldier Boy for Me (A Railroader for Me)" (theme: professional comparison) and references there
cf. "The Rigs o' Rye" (tune, per Greig)
cf. "My Love's a Plooman" (lyrics)
I Micht Hae Gotten
The Ploughman
NOTES [110 words]: Ord lists this as being sung to "The Rigs o Rye." The tune I've heard isn't quite that, though it's close. - RBW
Greig's text is "a piecing together of two or three versions, none of which is complete, but each of which provides something of its own." But at Greig #135, p. 3, "[M.S. (Mrs Sangster according to GreigDuncan3)] says that the first verse 'My love is a ploughman and follows the plough, etc.,' is another song altogether from "I mith hae gotten the gairner o' yonder tree, etc.' although they were combined in our version. The songs are different, shes ays[sic], and have different tunes. This we can well believe, these songs get so mixed up." - BS
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