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GUEST,Murray on Saltspring Tune Req: The Glasgow Barrowland traditional scots (5) ADD: Robin Was a Ploughboy 22 Oct 08


I very much doubt this is traditional, though some bits of it are. E.G. "never let a [fellow] an inch above your knee" is a pretty common trope, that you find in songs like "Up among the Heather" and "The Dundee Weaver". Or this, got from an elderly lady in 1964, learned in Lanarkshire c. 1910 maybe.

ROBIN WAS A PLOUGHBOY

1.        Robin was a ploughboy, he was a sporting blade,
        He whistled and he sang till he came to yonder shade,
        There he spied a dark-eyed damsel, and she had her maidenhead,
        Which to him was more enticing than the curls upon her head.

2.        O, they walked and they talked till they came to yonder grove,
        There was nothing to annoy them but a little whistling bird;
        There he laid that fair maid down, and before she was aware,
        He had gi'en to her a something for to rowe among her hair.

3.        Come a' ye pretty fair maids, a warning take frae me,
        Never let a ploughman an inch above yer knee;
        For he'll tickle ye, he'll tease ye, he'll tell ye a' that's fair,
        Then he'll gi'e to ye that something for to rowe among yer hair.


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