Hecklin' Kame, The
DESCRIPTION: "I'm come to borrow yer hecklin' kame [Greig/Duncan8: comb for dressing flax]," Answer: "I'll heckle my hemp and gie ye't again"
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (Greig/Duncan8)
KEYWORDS: weaving dialog
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Greig/Duncan8 1713, "The Hecklin' Kame" (1 text)
NOTES [145 words]: The Greig/Duncan8 notes relate this song to "The Bob O' Dumblane." See James Kinsley, editor, Burns: Complete Poems and Songs (shorter edition, Oxford, 1969) #513, p. 634, "The Bob o' Dunblane" (1 text, 1 tune): "Lassie, lend me your braw hemp heckle, And I'll lend you my thrippling kame: My heckle is broken, it canna be gotten, And we'll gae dance the Bob o' Dumblane. Twa geed to the wood, to the wood, to the wood, Twa gaed to the wood -- three cam hame: An't be na weel bobbit, weel bobbit, we'll bobbit, An't be na weel bobbit, we'll bob it again." From James Hogg, The Forest Minstrel, editors PD Garside and Richard D. Jackson (Edinburgh, 2006) ,p. 320: "Thomas Crawford ... says that the term 'The Bob of Dumblane' always had an equivocal sense because it refers to both the marriage festivity with its accompanying high jinks, and the sexual act itself." - BS
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