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Thread #150417   Message #3519692
Posted By: Richie
27-May-13 - 12:41 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5

Flanders has two version of the Wee Cooper O' Fife collected in the US. Does anyone know the source of Burl Ives 1941 recording? Here's my transcription:


There was a wee cooper wha' lived in Fife,
Nickety nackety, noo, noo, noo
He hae gotten a gentle wife, [1]
Hey Willie Wallacky, Hey, John Dougal,
Alane quo' rushety roo, roo, roo.

She wouldna' bake, she wouldna' brew
For the spoiling o' her comely hue.

She wouldna' card, she wouldna' spin
For the shaming o' her gentle kin.

The cooper hae gane tae his wool shack,
He's laid a sheepskin across his wife's back.

I wouldna' thrash ye for your gentle kin,
But I would thrash my ain sheepskin!

Now ye wha hae gotten a gentle wife,
Just send ye for the wee cooper o' Fife.

1. Gentiel

Anyone know any other US/Canadaian versions of Wee Cooper?