The Nutting Girl

Phyllis Martin from Dalbeattie: On Autumn Harvest ah010: Old Songs & Bothy Ballads: Hurrah Boys Hurrah! Live from the Fife Traditional Singing Festival May 2010.

Collected by Phyllis in 1967 from Maggie Wright of Sorbie, Wigtownshire. The song has been collected throughout the British Isles - more commonly in England than Scotland - and was regularly printed on broadsides (GD 7.1475, Roud 509).

1: There was a jolly plooboy, a-plooin up his land,
He whistled and he sang all day to make the valleys sound,

Chorus:
Singin tarry doodle aye, doodle aye, doodle aye,
Tarry doodle aye ae
Tarry doodle aye, doodle aye, doodle aye,
Tarry doodle aye ae.

2: The nuts that she was gaitherin, she threw them aa away,
She went tae hear the plooboy sing, "Tarry doodle aye ae."

3: He's taen her by her middle sma, lain her doun wi speed,
Says he tae her, "Ma bonnie wee lass, I'll hae tae dae the deed."

4: He's taen her by her middle sma, lain her on the grun,
Says she tae him, "Oh Jock ma man, the world's gan roun and roun."

5: She went doun tae the valley tae pick up the words he said,
When she got doun she heard nae soun, she thocht that he was dead.

6: He wrote tae her a letter and in half a croun,
Saying, "Ye mind the nicht, ma bonnie wee lass, the world gaed roun and roun."

Chorus:
Singin tarry doodle aye, doodle aye, doodle aye,
Tarry doodle aye ae
Tarry doodle aye, doodle aye, doodle aye,
Tarry doodle aye ae.

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