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Tattie Bogle Lyr Req: Song of the Fishgutters (Ewan MacColl) (9) ADD Version: Up Amang the Heather 11 Aug 20


Here are the words of the song that Elizabeth Stewart sings: actual title "Up Amang the Heather": (Copied from the excellent "mainly Norfolk" website)- this being the one whose tune Ewan McColl used for the Fishgutters' Song.

UP AMANG THE HEATHER

Chorus (after each verse):
It's up among the heather on the hill o Bennachie
Twas there I met a bonnie lassie kilted tae the knee
When a bumbee stung me richt below the knee
And we baith gaed haem a-murnin fae the hill o Bennachie.

Said I tae my lassie, Whaur are ye gaun tae spend the day?
Oh I'm gaun tae spend the day on the hill o Bennachie
Whaur the lads and the lassies they aa sit sae free
Amongst the bloomin heather on the hill o Bennachie.

As I wis a-walkin on the hill o Bennachie
Twas there I sat a bonnie lassie sitting on ma knee
I took her and whurled her and aye she said tae me,
O Jock we'll ging a-wanderin on the hill o Bennachie.

Said I tae my lassie, Will you tak my advice?
Never let a sodger laddie kiss ye mair than twice
For aa the time he's kissin ye he's makin up a plan
For tae hae anither rattle at yer aul tin can.

It is interesting too that some people sing the song in 4/4 timing (as in that video of Ray and Cilla) and some do it in 6/8 jig time.


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