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GUEST,Murray on Salt Spring Lyr Add: Gathering of the Clan (5) RE: Lyr Add: Gathering of the Clan 06 Feb 01

Roll&Go: I'm not surprised you didn't find the exact words in the DT, but variants of them are either there or in the Forum here [search -- I can't do the blue clicky thing] -- e.g. the farmer one is in the version of James Barke

Big Rab the fermer cursed and swore,
An' then he roared and grat;
For his forty acre corn field
Was nearly fuckit flat.

That's in the Barke-Smith-Ferguson "Merry Muses". I got a slightly different version in Vancouver many years ago [main differs "spat an' grat", "fairly fuckit flat" -- which has a nice alliteration]. The Hairy Mary verse is really the same as one I heard in Scotland, but whose actor varies widely from place to place:

The District Nurse and she was there,
She kept us a' in fits,
Jumpin' aff the mantelpiece
An' landin' on her tits.

Your bailiff verse is new to me, I think. In Scots we'd call him a bailie. -- There's seemingly no end to the folk who are portrayed as being at the Ball [please don't call it "The Gathering of the Clans"]. The first extant text of this can be dated about 1890 maybe, which gives sufficient time for a notorious orgy of a decade before to have made it into print, however surreptitious.

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