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Rattlin' Roarin' Willie (Ryan's Fancy) MIDI, videos
#102: YouTube video by kelticknots
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

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O, rattlin', roarin' Willie,
O, he held to the fair,
An for to sell his fiddle,
An buy some other ware;
Parting with his fiddle,
The saut tear blin't his e'e -
[The salt tear blinded his eye]
And rattlin', roarin' Willie,
Ye're welcome hame to me.

O Willie, come sell your fiddle,
O, sell your fiddle sae fine!
O Willie, come sell your fiddle,
And buy a pint o wine!
If I should sell me fiddle,
The warl' would think I was mad;
For many's a rantin' day
me fiddle an' I hae had.

As I cam by Crochallan,
I cannilie keekit ben;
[I quietly peeked within]
O rattlin', roarin' Willie,
Was sittin at yon boord-en';
O sitting at yon boord-en',
And amang guid companie;
Rattlin', roarin' Willie,
Ye're welcome hame to me.

O, rattlin', roarin' Willie,
O, he held to the fair,
An for to sell his fiddle
An buy some other ware;
If I should sell me fiddle,
The warl' would think I was mad;
For many's a rantin' day
Me fiddle an' I hae had.

####.... Variant of an original poem written in 1787 by Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns [1759-1796] ....####
This arrangement by Ryan's Fancy (From the Ryan's Fancy CBC Television Series on location at Uncle Jim's in Daniel's Harbour, NL)

A variant of this song was also recorded on Ryan's Fancy's first album, a re-release of the album Sullivan's Gypsies (Ryan's Fancy Sung By Sullivan's Gypsies, trk#9, 1970, Harmony/Columbia Records, Toronto, Ontario).


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

The video below features an excellent performance by Kev Thompson of Fife, Scotland, with Pete Clark on fiddle. In his notes to the video, Kev tells us that Willie Dunbar, the hero of the song, was the self-styled Colonel and leader of the Crochallan Fencibles - the male only drinking club to which Robert Burns belonged. Burns wrote and/or collected many of his Merry Muses of Caledonia for this group of men. The Fencibles died out shortly after Burns death but.... the 2nd Battalion was reformed a few years ago in Edinburgh near where Kev lives and he was invited to join this group of stalwarts earlier this year. He also has collected a number of photos of Burns statues from all over and they are included in the video.

#663: YouTube video by keltickev27
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~


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