Mudcat Café message #192416 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #18953   Message #192416
Posted By: Ferrara
09-Mar-00 - 08:42 AM
Thread Name: Query: Lassie wi' the yellow coatie
Subject: RE: Query: Lassie wi' the yellow coatie
Ewan MacColl (sp?) and Jean Redpath each include a verse that the other leaves out. Ewan's is very homely and Jean's is more high-flown.

I've always thought of "genty" as coming straight from the French "gentil." The Scots and French were allies for years against the British, many Scots spent time in France and vice versa. In "Banks & Braes of Bonnie Doon," Burns says, "How can ye chant, ye little birds?" where chant means sing as in French chanter. Also there's Silver Tassie, or My Bonny Mary, where tassie means cup as in French tasse.

Totally irrelevent to the song itself, but fun.

BTW this was the song I used to open the Mudcat Cafe sing-around at the Getaway. I love it.