#01958
The Girl Of Killie Kranky (MacEdward Leach)

Oh, years ago I used to be
As smart a chap as you could see,
The Prince of Wales he wanted me
To go and join the army;
Now I'm turnin' old an' frail
Like a dog without a tail,
And it's all through Jane McLean,
The lass from Killie Kranky.

Tooral - looral - looral - loo,
Fol de - deddle - idle - loo;
She's as sweet as honey dew,
The lass from Killie Kranky.

Oh, maybe I was acting rash
When I tried her waist to squeeze,
She says although you're on---
Stop that hanky-panky;
She said that married we would be
Then she heaved a sigh, you see,
Then she heaved a brick at me,
On the hills of Killie Kranky.

Tooral - looral - looral - loo,
Fol de - deddle - idle - loo;
She's as sweet as honey dew,
The lass from Killie Kranky.

Oh, I was kilted to the knees.
Jock, me dear, she says to me,
We'll sit down two hours or three,
So long, me darling. Thank-ye.
But very soon I changed my tune
For on a thistle I sat down,
Well, I nearly jumped up to the moon,
On the hills of Killie Kranky.

Tooral - looral - looral - loo,
Fol de - deddle - idle - loo;
She's as sweet as honey dew,
The lass from Killie Kranky.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional comic or stage song ....####

Collected in 1951 from John Power [1879-1955] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

From Wikipedia:

"Killiecrankie (Gaelic: Coille Chneagaidh) is a village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland on the River Garry. It lies at the Pass of Killiecrankie, by the A9 road. The village is home to a power station forming part of the Tummel Hydro-Electric Power Scheme. Much of the riverbank is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

"In 1689, during the Jacobite Rebellion, the Battle of Killiecrankie was fought on the northern edge of the village. It was the first victory of the Jacobites - their Highland Charge terrified and overwhelmed the Government Troops under General Hugh MacKay in only 10 minutes."

Note: Although ballads have been written about this event, this appears to be more of an unrelated comic or stage song which needs further research to identify its source.


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