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Lady Keith's Lament

  • (Trad)

    I may sit in my wee croo hoose
    At the rock and the reel tae toil fu' dreary
    I may think on the day that's gane
    And sigh and sob till I grow weary
    I ne'er could brook, I ne'er could brook
    A foreign loon tae own and flatter
    But I will sing a rantin' sang
    That day oor King comes ower the water

    I hae seen the guid auld day
    The day o' pride and chieftain's glory
    Whan Royal Stuart bare the sway
    And ne'er heard tell o' Whig or Tory
    Tho' lyart be my locks and grey
    And auld has crook't me doon, what matter
    I'll dance and sing ae ither day
    That day oor King comes ower the water

    Gin I live tae see the day
    That I hae begged and begged frae heaven
    I'll fling my rock and reel away
    And dance and sing fae morn till even
    For there is ane I wadna name
    Wha comes the beengin' byke tae scatter
    And I'll put on my bridal goon
    That day oor King comes ower the water

    Curse on dull and drawling Whig
    The whining, ranting, low deceiver
    Wi' heart sae black and look sae big
    And cantin' tongue o' clishmaclaver
    My faither was a guid Lord's son
    My mither was an Earl's daughter
    And I'll be Lady Keith again
    That day oor King comes ower the water

  • (croo house - crofter's house)
    (rock and the reel - spinning wheel)
    (loon - rascal)
    (rantin' - rousing)
    (bare the sway - ruled absolutely)
    (lyart - silvery)
    (beengin' byke - lit. swarm of bees who bow and scrape
    yes-men, sycophants, fawning interlopers)
    (clishmaclaver - false, idle gossip)

  • (as sung by Ray Fisher)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1982:] [A] wistful piece about an ageing noblewoman who believes that her fortunes will take a turn for the better on the restoration of the Jacobite monarchy. (Review Ray Fisher, Broadsheet No ?)

  • [1991:] The aristocratic titled lady in question has lost her status and possessions due to her Jacobite sympathies. In her reduced circumstances she shows her strength of character and unflinching determination to return to her former position when Bonnie Prince Charlie comes back from France. She also betrays a strong personal affection for the Prince. I resolved to learn this song after hearing [...] Rod Paterson sing it. (Notes Ray Fisher, 'Traditional Songs of Scotland')


Quelle: Scotland

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