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The Wee Wee Man

[ Roud 2865 ; Child 38 ; Ballad Index C038 ; trad.]

Steeleye Span sang The Wee Wee Man in 1973 on their album Parcel of Rogues.

Stanley Robertson sang The Wee Wee Man to Mike Yates in 2001-2002 as part of a medley of children's songs. This recording was included in 2002 on the Kyloe Records anthology of songs, stories and ballads from Scottish Travellers, Traveller's Tales Volume 2.

Lyrics

Steeleye Span sing The Wee Wee Man

'Twas down by Carterhaugh Father,
Between the water and the wall;
There I met with a wee wee man
And he was the least that ever I saw.

His legs were scarce a finger's length
And thick and nimble was his knee.
Between his eyes a flee could go,
Between his shoulders inches three.

Chorus:
His beard was long and white as a swan,
His robe was neither green nor grey.
He clapped his hands, down came the mist,
And he sank and he's fainted clean away.

He's lifted up a stone six feet in height
And flung it farther than I could see.
And though I'd been a giant born,
I'd never had lifted it to my knee.

“Wee Wee Man but thou art strong,
Tell me where thy dwelling be.”
“It's down beneath yon bonny green bower,
Though you must come with me and see.”

Chorus

We rode on and we sped on
Until we came to a bonny green hall.
The roof was made of the beaten gold
And purest crystal was the floor.

There were pipers playing on every stair
And ladies dancing in glistering green.
He clapped his hands, down came the mist,
And the man and the hall no more were seen.

2× Chorus

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Patrick Montague for correcting the lyrics.