East Neuk o' Fife, The
DESCRIPTION: "Hey, the east neuk o' Fife! A weel-faur'd lass, and a canty wife." I'll look where there are plenty of girls: in Fife. It's long until Saturday night, and longer until Monday morning. If she doesn't fancy me I won't care, but I wont ask a Fife lass again
EARLIEST DATE: 1901 (Ford)
KEYWORDS: courting nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Robert Ford, editor, Vagabond Songs and Ballads of Scotland [second series] (Paisley, 1901 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 125, "The East Neuk o' Fife"
NOTES: "Neuk": piece of land; "weel-faur'd": good looking; "canty": cheerful.
Ford: "Who is not familiar with the fiddle-tune, 'The East Neuk o' Fife,' which has put life and mettle in the heels of many generations of our dance-loving Scottish people. Who? one may very reasonably ask, for I trow there are not many. Well, the above are the words which were wont to be sung to it, and I give them because, though once well known, they have seldom been printed, and never before, I think, in any collection of songs." - BS
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