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Charcloth 20 Jan 03 - 11:12 PM
Bill D 20 Jan 03 - 11:21 PM
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masato sakurai 20 Jan 03 - 11:35 PM
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GUEST,Matthew Edwards 21 Jan 03 - 02:14 PM
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Subject: The wind blew my lassie's plaidie away
From: Charcloth
Date: 20 Jan 03 - 11:12 PM

While performing at a nursing home the other day one of the residents requested the song "The wind Blew my Lassie's plaidie away."

I have never heard of it but the title tells me it's something I wanta learn. Do any of you know this one? Lyrics, recording etc. would be most appreciated. Thanks Charcloth


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Subject: RE: The wind blew my lassie's plaidie away
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Jan 03 - 11:21 PM

it's here It 'should' be in the database....still looking


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Subject: RE: The wind blew my lassie's plaidie away
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 20 Jan 03 - 11:27 PM

The Wind Blew the Bonnie Lassie's Plaidi Awa', I expect. It doesn't look to have been posted here yet, but is reasonably well-known. There are several 19th century broadside examples at Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, some of which can be seen via this link:

The wind blew the bonny lassie's plaidy awa'

More information tomorrow, though I expect other people will have added considerably before than.


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Subject: RE: The wind blew my lassie's plaidie away
From: masato sakurai
Date: 20 Jan 03 - 11:35 PM

There's an Irish version ("The Wind Blew The Bonnie Lassie's Plaidie Awa") HERE. Sound clip (Scottish version) is HERE. Another transcription is THE WIND BLEW THE BONNIE LASSIE'S PLAIDIE AWA'.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: The wind blew my lassie's plaidie away
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 01:03 PM

That first one isn't an Irish version at all; it's copied without acknowledgement -sleevenotes and all- from a recording by the Scottish singer Jimmy McBeath (Wild Rover No More, Topic 12T173, 1967). The notes were written by Peter Hall.

It's just possible that there may be an Irish connection, however. Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger printed a set recorded from Hughie Graham of Galloway (The Singing Island, 1960), and commented:

"Robert Ford writes: 'My friend, Mr. D. Kippen of Crieff has it that the song was composed by an Irishman who lived in Crieff near to the Cross in the early years of the present [i.e. 19th] century, and who was known by the name of 'Blind Bob'.' "

The second link is to the text printed by John Ord in his Bothy Songs and Ballads (1930); again, it has been copied without acknowledgment.

The tune used is The White Cockade.


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Subject: RE: The wind blew my lassie's plaidie away
From: masato sakurai
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 02:07 PM

Thanks, Malcolm, as usual. I should have checked it over.
~Masato


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Subject: Lyr Add: WIND BLEW THE BONNY LASSIE'S PLAIDIE AWA'
From: GUEST,Matthew Edwards
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 02:14 PM

As ever Malcolm and Masato have been diligent in their searches. However here is the Jimmy McBeath text to add to the DT.

The Wind Blew the Bonny Lassie's Plaidie Awa'
also known as The Butcher of Crieff or as My Plaidie's Awa'
Tune:- Over The Hills and Far Away or The White Cockade

(From the singing of Jimmy McBeath)

For there was a bonny lassie, and she lived in Crieff.
She went into a butcher's shop when he was selling beef,
And he's gi'en to her the middle cut, and down she did fa'
And the wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.

Chorus:
The wind blaws east, the wind blaws west.
The wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
For the beef was in the basket, and she couldna rise ava.
And the wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.


For the plaidie was lost and it couldna be found,
The lassie and the butcher lad was lying on the ground,
"O whit shall I tell to the auld folks ava?
For I canna say the wind blew my plaidie awa'."

For the wind blaws east, the wind blaws west.
The wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
For the beef was in the basket, and she couldna rise ava.
And the wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.


For the plaidie was lost and couldna be found,
The lassie she grew ill and swelled about the waist,
And Rab he was blamed for the haill o' it a',
And the wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.

For the wind blaws east, the wind blaws west.
The wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
For the beef was in the basket, and she couldna rise ava.
And the wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.


Oot came the auld wife the laddie tae accuse,
The ministers and elders were there tae abuse,
And the butcher laddie tried to make it sure was twa,
And the wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.

For the wind blaws east, the wind blaws west.
The wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
For the beef was in the basket, and she couldna rise ava.
And the wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.


For the lassie was sent for to come there hersel'
She looked at Rab and says, "Ye ken how I fell ?
The beef was the cause o't, ye daurna say na."
And the wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.

The wind blaws east, the wind blaws west.
The wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
For the beef was in the basket, and she couldna rise ava.
And the wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.


Rab looked at the lassie and gied a wee smile,
Says he, "Ma bonny lassie, I winna you beguile,
For the minister's here making sure o' us twa,
And that'll pay for the plaidie that the wind blew awa'.

For the wind blaws east, the wind blaws west.
The wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
We shall get the middle cut, the tender o' it a',
And we'll drink to the plaidie that the wind blew awa'.

For the wind blaws east, the wind blaws west.
The wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
We shall get the middle cut, flesh, banes and a',
And we'll drink to the plaidie that the wind blew awa'.


This was recorded for Topic records by Sean Davies at Cecil Sharp House, London, in 1966 or 1967. The recording was originally issued on the LP Jimmy McBeath; Wild Rover No More Topic 12T173, and the track is included on the Topic Voice of the People series of CDs in Volume 10 Who's that at my bed window? TSCD660, Track 21.

A fragment of another recording of Jimmy McBeath made by Alan Lomax in Elgin, Scotland in 1951 can be heard on the Rounder CD Songs of Seduction Rounder 11661-1778-2 with a slightly different text :-

There was a butcher wha lived in Crieff,
And in come a bonnie lass to buy some beef.
But he took her in his airms, aye, and doon she did fa',
O the wind's blown the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.

Her plaidie's awa', its awa' with the wind,
Her plaidies awa', and it canna be found.
But he took her in his airms, aye, and doon she did fa',
Saying, "I'll pay the plaidie that the wind blew awa'.


The loss of the plaidie (for fairly obvious reasons) signifies the loss of the lassie's virginity. I hope that nobody needs an explanation of the euphemistic phrase "the beef was in the basket".


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Subject: RE: The wind blew my lassie's plaidie away
From: GUEST,Matthew Edwards
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 02:19 PM

Jeannie Robertson sang a short lyrical piece from the lassie's side; "My Plaidie's Awa' " which appeared on the Topic LP of her songs 12T96 'Jeannie Robertson'.

There was a bonnie lassie, and she was gan to Crieff,
She met wi' a butcher laddie, and he was selling beef,
But he catched her in his airms, and doon the twa did fa',
And the wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.

O ma plaidie's awa', and awa' with the wind,
Ma plaidie's awa', and it cannae be found.
O what will the auld folk, the auld folks, say ava?
O I canna say the wind blew my plaidie awa'.


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Subject: RE: The wind blew my lassie's plaidie away
From: GUEST,Matthew Edwards
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 02:25 PM

A 1670 broadside of the ballad 'The Elfin Knight' (Child #2) has as a refrain:-

My plaid awa', my plaid awa',
And o'er the hill and far awa'
And far awa' to Norrowa'
My plaid shall not be blown awa'.


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Subject: RE: The wind blew my lassie's plaidie away
From: masato sakurai
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 02:28 PM

"The Plaidie Awa" (lyrics) by Jack Beck is HERE.


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Subject: RE: The wind blew my lassie's plaidie away
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 03:58 PM

*smile*...and if I had not messed up my first post, that's what would have appeared, Masato....I seem to have hit the + instead of the = after a href.

ah, well, it's good to see so many posts that it was answered, anyway....


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Subject: RE: The wind blew my lassie's plaidie away
From: Charcloth
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 06:04 PM

Thanks folks. You guys are always a great help!
Charcloth


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Subject: Lyr Add: WIND BLEW THE BONNIE LASSIE'S PLAIDIE AWA
From: Stewie
Date: 21 Jan 03 - 08:25 PM

The MacColl version varies considerably, albeit in minor textual respects. The third line of the chorus [the most 'high-kilted' aspect] changes on each occasion in this version:

THE WIND BLEW THE BONNIE LASSIE'S PLAIDIE AWA'

There was a bonnie lassie, and she cam' in frae Crieff
She fell in wi' a butcher's lad when he was selling beef,
He gied to her a middle cut and doon she did fa'
And the wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'

Chorus:
The wind blaws east, the wind blaws west
The wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
The beef was in her basket, and she couldna rise ava
And the wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.

The plaidie it was lost and it couldna be found,
The lassie and the butcher lad were lyin' on the ground,
'Oh, what will I tell to the old folks ava?
For I canna say the wind blew my plaidie awa'"

Chorus:
The wind blaws east, the wind blaws west
The wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
He's gi'en to her good measure o' the beef and banes and a'
And the wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'

Twa-three months after the plaidie it was lost
The lassie she began to swell about the waist,
And Rab he was blamed for the hale o't a'
And the wind blawin' the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'

Chorus:
The wind blaws east, the wind blaws west
The wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
The lassie said, 'Your butcher beef is owre tough to chaw'
And the wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'


Then in cam' the auld wife, the laddie to accuse
The ministers and elders began to abuse
The butcher lad for tryin' to mak yin into twa
And the wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'

Chorus:
The wind blaws east, the wind blaws west
The wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
The beef was in her basket and she couldna rise ava'
And the wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'

For the lassie she was sent for to come there hersel'
She looked at the butcher lad, 'Ye ken how I fell,
The beef was the cause o't, ye daurna say na'
And the wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'.

Chorus:
The wind blaws east, the wind blaws west
The wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
We baith fell to admirin' for the beef it was sae braw
And the wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa'

Rab looked at the lassie and he gied a wee smile,
'Ye ken, bonnie lassie, I winna ye beguile
The minister is here and he'll mak' ane o' us twa,
That'll pay for the plaid that the wind blew awa'.

Chorus:
The wind blaws east, the wind blaws west
The wind blew the bonnie lassie's plaidie awa',
And we shall hae the middle cut, it's tenderest o' a'
And we'll drink to the wind that blew your plaidie awa'

Source: transcription in booklet accompanying Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger 'The Wanton Muse' Argo LP ZDA 85. It is also printed with music at page 100 of 'The Singing Island' [See Malcolm's reference above]. From the singing of Hughie Graeme, Galloway singer.

MacColl's full note:


Robert Ford printed a version of this spirited song in 'Vagabond Songs and Ballads' and, in a note, writes: 'My friend, Mr D. Kippen of Crieff, has it that the song was composed by an Irishman who lived in Crieff near to the cross in the early years of the present century (early 1800s) and who was known by the name of Blind Bob'. Ford describes the version in his book as 'a little high-kilted', though 'by no means rudely indelicate'. In actual fact, the kilt stops short of the ankle and only the most bigoted Presbyterian might be expected to register shock at the sight of a mere inch or two of bare leg. Our version, on the other hand, has abandoned the kilt completely and goes tripping by with bare hurdles, unabashed and unrepentent.


--Stewie.


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