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Gan to the Kye

[ Roud 3162 ; Ballad Index StoR138 ; trad.]

Anni Fentiman sang Gan to the Kye on her 1996 album with Dave Webber, Bonnet & Shawl.

The Unthanks sang Gan to the Kye on their 2011 album Last and on their 2012 CD with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, Diversions Vol. 2.

Nancy Kerr sang Gan tae the Kye on Stick in the Wheel's 2019 anthology From Here: English Folk Field Recordings Volume 2:

Lyrics

The Unthanks sing Gan to the Kye

Chorus (after each verse):
Gan to the kye with me, my love
Gan to the kye with me
Over the moor and through the grove
I'll sing ditties to thee

Cushie, thy pet, is lowing
Around her poor firstling's shed
Tears in her eyes are flowing
Because little Colly lies dead

All the fine herd of cattle
Thy vigilant sire possessed
After his fall in battle
By rebel chieftains were prest

Kine now is all our property
Left by thy father's will
Yet if we nurse it watchfully
We may win geer enow still