When I Was Noo But Sweet Sixteen (The Bothy Lads, The Plooboy Lads)
DESCRIPTION: Singer complains that the ploughboys are "false and deceiving-o They say all and the gang awa'." At sixteen she was "just in blooming." At nineteen she's home with her baby with no idea where the father may be.
EARLIEST DATE: 1953 (recording, Jeannie Robertson)
KEYWORDS: seduction sex nonballad baby abandonment loneliness courting infidelity love accusation warning beauty
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Porter/Gower-Jeannie-Robertson-EmergentSingerTransformativeVoice #66, p. 233-234, "When I Was Nou But Sweet Sixteen" (1 text, 1 tune
Jeannie Robertson, "When I Was Noo But Sweet Sixteen" (on Voice10)
cf. "Peggy on the Banks o' Spey" (tune, some text)
NOTES [33 words]: The tradition seems strongest amongst Scottish Travellers, especially the Robertsons and Stewarts of Aberdeen. There is some occasional "contamination" with "Peggy on the Banks o' Spey" (GrD61131). - DGE
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