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Thread #81615   Message #3804544
Posted By: Joe Offer
11-Aug-16 - 04:04 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Coming Through The Rye
Subject: ADD Version: Comin' through the rye
Maybe it IS reasonably authentic. Here's the "Modern theatrical version from The Book of Scottish Song, edited by Alexander Whitelaw, 1844 (page 332).

COMIN' THRO' THE RYE

Gin a body meet a body, comin' through the rye.
Gin a body kiss a body, need a body cry?
Every lassie has her laddie; nane, they say, hae I;
Yet a' the lads they smile at me,
When comin' thro' the rye.
Amang the train, there is a swain I dearly lo'e mysell,
But whaur his hame, or what his name,
I dinna care to tell.

Gin a body meet a body, comin' frae the town;
Gin a body greet a body, need a body frown?
Every lassie has her laddie; nane, they say, hae I;
Yet a' the lads they smile at me,
When comin' thro' the rye.
Amang the train, there is a swain I dearly lo'e mysell,
But whaur his hame, or what his name,
I dinna care to tell.


Whitelaw has other versions, but it's late and I found what I want. Anybody want to transcribe the others? Just follow the link.