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The Tarbolton Lasses

[ Roud - ; Robert Burns]

Katherine Campbell sang If Ye Gae Up to Yon Hill-Tap on her 2019 CD Robert Burns: Tune Unknown.

Barbara Dymock of Fife sang Gie Me a Lass Wi a Lump o Land and The Tarbolton Lasses in 2019 on Malinky's 20th anniversary album Handsel. They noted:

Gi'e Me a Lass wi’ a Lump o’ Land was published by Allan Ramsay in his Tea-Table Miscellany in 1724, described by a later editor as “to supplant old and coarse words to the tune of The Lass wi’ the Lump o’ Land.” It also appears with the original melody in William Thomson’s Orpheus Caledonius of 1725.

The Tarbolton Lasses was written by Robert Burns in 1778. Barbara chose these two 18th century, tongue-in-cheek, contrasting views of women, despite the fact that, by current standards, they would be considered outdated. She feels strongly about not censoring song choices to fit modern social views.


The Tarbolton Lasses

If ye gae up to yon hill-tap,
Ye'll there see bonie Peggy:
She kens her father is a laird,
And she forsooth's a leddy.

There's Sophy tight, a lassie bright,
Besides a handsome fortune:
Wha canna win her in a night
Has little art in courtin.

Gae down by Faile, and taste the ale,
And tak a look o' Mysie;
She's dour and din, a deil within,
But aiblins she may please ye.

If she be shy, her sister try,
Ye'll may be fancy Jenny:
If ye'll dispense wi' want o' sense
She kens hersel she's bonnie.

As ye gae up by yon hillside,
Spier in for bonnie Bessy:
She'll gie ye a beck, and bid ye light,
And handsomely address ye.

There's few sae bonny, nane sae guid,
In a' King George' dominion;
If ye should doubt the truth o' this
It's Bessy's ain opinion.