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judy Women's Work Songs (78* d) Lyr Add: JENNIE LASSWADE^^ 18 Oct 97

La Marca,

There's a terrific women's song about a woman who CARRIED people across a stream called "Jenny Lass Wade". I don't remember who did it at the moment but they sang it at a breakneck speed. I also (sorry) don't have the source where I finally got the words which had 6 unintelligeable place names in the chorus. Without further ado:

Verse I
Jenny was a maiden from a village in Midlothian
And she would carry gentlemen across a stream
She put them on her shoulder for to wade across the water
And they'd have to pay her half way there or she would drop them in! (I just love this line)

People came from Dalkeith, Liberton and Gilmerton
Frae Colinton and Roslin and Penicuik too
They traveled in their carriages leading tae some marriages
And when I come to think of it I think I saw you!

Verse II
She carried any maiden or a mannie that is laiden
Wi' his instruments o' tradin' just as long as she was paid
And when the flow was heavy then she added tae her levy
And the people shouted "Ready, steady, Jenny Lass Wade" (chorus)

I also love the work of being a mother to her child in Eric Bogle's "Glasgow Lullaby" (DT) Enjoy

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