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Posted By: Vic Smith
11-Jan-12 - 01:02 PM
Thread Name: Ewan MacColl's trousers
Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl's trousers
Further evidence of MacColl's trouser obsession comes in the album, Songs of Two Rebellions: The Jacobite Wars of 1715 and 1745 in Scotland by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Folkways FW08756 (1960).
On this album, Ewan sings The Wee, Wee German Lairdie.

It starts:-
Wha the deil hae we gotten for a king
But a wee, wee German lairdie
And when we gaed to bring him hame
He was delving in his yairdie
Sheughing kail & laying leeks
But the hose & but the breeks
And up his begger duds he cleeks
This wee, wee German lairdie


Now, I know that the Scots accent and dialect as spoken in the remote highlands of Salford is particularly difficult to understand - so I better explain that the line But the hose & but the breeks refers to the fact that our new king was wearing neither stockings, nor (I'm afraid to say) trousers.