© All original copyrights respected / For private use only
Susannes Folksong-Notizen English Notes
Here's A Health Tae The Sauters
- (Davy Steele)
Here's a health tae the sauters and the white gowd they make
Here's a health tae the sauters that drink in the Land o' Cakes
In the village o' Saut Preston whaur the maister's auld Cadell
For he owns five branders on the Forth and the coal to fire them as well
My faither's ta'en his oancoast shin just to feed his bairn and wife
Ay, and when that bloody deed was done Ah was thirled for a' my life
Noo a' the sauters ken me for they cry me Puddock Wull
Ah was boo-leggit when Ah was born and by God, Ah'm that way still
Ay but Ah can swim like ony fish that sair come oot the sea
Ay tae fetch the buckets the furthest oot there is nane as good as me
Ah've manned these brands these last ten years, Ah've worked as fast as Ah can
For every box a sauter fills there's copper in his hand
But the grieve he is a dowsie raif, he hates us every yin
He wad make your level drop so ye maun dae anither rin
Here's luck tae the sautwork smugglers, ay an' keep them frae the gaugers' hands
For they only tak' what they can spread tae the puir folk that hae nane
For they tax the saut a' heavy, and it shouldnae be taxed at a'
No it shouldnae be just for the rich, there's enough here for us a'
(as sung by Ceolbeg)
Land o' Cakes - local salters' pub and bakery (owned by an ex-salter)
Cadell - a family in Prestonpans who owned salt works and mine
brander - in its time an innovative type of salt pan with its own furnace built in
oancoast shin - When someone signed on or was taken on at the saltworks (or coalmine) he was given a pair of shoes. This meant he belonged to the master.
thirled - Offspring of men and women who had accepted oancoast shin automatically belonged to the master. People who left these jobs without permission were charged with stealing themselves and either imprisoned or transported.
puddock - frog
grieve - overseer, foreman, ex-worker, now boss's man
dowsie raif - uneducated illiterate fool
[1988:] [The] old communitarian ideal of Scotland as the 'Land o' cakes and brither Scots' [...]. (Donaldson, Song 80)
[1991:] Saltwater gathering in Prestonpans on the Firth of Forth went through a variety of stages. One belief early on was that the further out a person went into the Forth the higher the salt content in the water. Hence verse 2 talks about the character Puddock Wull (a real person) being a good swimmer and therefore able to fetch the buckets back from further out.
Salt was taxed and therefore salt smuggling rife, but the smugglers usually sold it cheaply in Edinburgh and usually spread some free around the locals. (Notes Ceolbeg, 'Seeds To The Wind')
© Sammlung : Susanne Kalweit (Kiel)
Layout : Henry Kochlin (Schwerin)
aktualisiert am 05.03.2000