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Posted By: Desert Dancer
21-Oct-01 - 04:06 AM
Thread Name: Help: American songs from Scotland?
Subject: RE: Help: American songs from Scotland?
Sage, sorry, Springfield Mountain is one of those songs which is entirely American, dating to an actual event in Wilbraham (formerly known as Springfield Mountain), Massachusetts, in 1761. It evolved into comic forms, such as "Fod."

A factoid, but only useful in elimination in answer to the question...

My difficulty in trying to answer this question is coming up with things that are definitively Scottish, as opposed to being one of those songs that wanderered around the isles as well as across the pond, but I guess if Barbara Allen qualifies, then it needn't be strictly Scottish.

And I don't know what to think of people who think "Auld Lang Syne" is American!

Hey, Mars, are you trying to find songs for which you've got a good Scottish version to give a sample of, or letting the audience take your word for it??

Anyway, here's a couple more:

Froggy Went A-Courtin' first shows up in a 1549 Scottish broadside.

The Riddle Song ("I Gave My Love a Cherry") is a fragment of Captain Wedderburn's Courtship (Child No. 46) which has a lot of Scottish versions.

~ Becky in Tucson