The Shuttle Rins (Traditional Scottish).





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Published on Oct 4, 2011

Scottish lyrics in description English lyrics in subtitles.
An 18th Century Scottish ttraditional song which celebrates the work and rights of the Weaver. One of the many great craftsmen and artisans which bound communities together in those times.

The weaver's wife sits at the fire

And ca's the pirn wheel

She likes tae hear her ain gude man

Drive on the shuttle weel


The shuttle rins, the shuttle rins

The shuttle rins wi speed

O sweetly may the shuttle rin

That wins the bairns' breid

Although he has nae dainty fare

His wages being sma

Yet he can wi his thrifty wife

Keep hungry want awa

He rises early in the morn

He toils fu late at nicht

He fain wad independent be

He kens what is his rich

The proudest o the land wad pine

Wi 'oot the weavers' wark

The pampered priest, the haughty peer

Wad gang wi'oot a sark

In the note to her CD with a recording of this song Gordeanna McCulloch writes, 'I learned this song some years ago for a concert organised by Danny Kyle as part of the Paisley 500 celebrations. The song itself, which conveys a strong sense of fellowship and humanity, has always appealed to me. Here the clarsach and fiddle emulate the rhythm of the loom and allow me to give freer expression to the words.'

The tune is also used for 'The Boatie Rows', a song made 200 years ago by John Ewen, which Robert Burns considered nearly equal to 'There's Nae Luck Aboot the Hoose'. 'The Boatie Rows' is about fishing in Largo Bay in Fife.


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