My Auld Sheen
On Springthyme SPRCD 1042
Shepheard, Spiers & Watson - They Smiled as We Cam In
Arthur Watson: Aince Loed a Lass or The False Bride (GD 6:1198; Roud 154) was widely sung in the early days of the Scottish folksong revival. Although I was attracted to the inherent surrealism of the forest verse, I was less interested in the overal tenor of the song - the jilted suitorÕs acceptance of his lot while planning his own forthcoming funeral. I changed my opinion in response to the more assertive versions circulating in the northeast traveller community in which the false bride is compared to discarded footwear: SheÕs only my auld sheen, and yeÕve got her.
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