Fiddle Tune a Day is my ambitious project to post a new fiddle tune on the web every day for the next year, using both youtube and tumblr.
*contains mild blogging and persuasion...
This tune is originally a bothy ballad. Bothies are the out-buildings on a farm where the young unmarried workers would live. They were incubators of many fine songs about farm life. Bothy ballads were usually accompanied by fiddle and melodeon.
The Mormond Braes (or Hills) are three miles north-east of Strichen in Aberdeenshire. Many a jilted lover has been encouraged to try again with the words "There's many more fish in the sea". Certainly this Aberdeenshire lass seems to think she'll bounce back quickly!
As I went doon to Strichen toon, I heard a fair maid mourning,
And she was making sair complaint For her true love ne'er returning.
So fare ye weel, ye Mormond Braes, Where often I've been cheery;
Fare ye weel ye Mormond Braes, For it's there I lost my dearie.
There's many a horse has snappert an' fa'en And risen again fu' rarely.
There's many a lass has lost her lad And gotten another right early.
There's as good fish into the sea, As ever hae been taken.
I'll cast my line and I'll try again, For I'm only ainst forsaken.
So I'll go doon to Strichen toon, Where I was bred and born in,
And there I'll find another sweetheart, Will marry me in the mornin'
Meaning of unusual words:
snappert an' fa'en=stumbled and fallen