“Rhynie”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: Early 1950s (recorded from John Strachan)
Keywords: work hardtimes abuse farming worker
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))

Description

Singer recalls his first job, working at (or for) Rhynie. The work is ill, the wages small, the rules onerous. The place is miserable, but he dare not leave before the season ends for fear of losing his fee. When it does end, he hits the road cheerfully

Notes

I'm sorely tempted to lump this with, "Barnyards of Delgaty" -- they share the same theme, tune and chorus, and are clearly closely related. But there's no overlap in the actual words, and the man from whom, "Rhynie" was collected, John Strachan, also sang a separate version of "Barnyards," so I split them. - PJS

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References

  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 207-208, "Linten Lowrin" (1 text)
  2. Ord, p. 268, "The Bogend Hairst" (1 text, a short version that might possibly be mixed with something else)
  3. Roud #3090
  4. BI, RcRhynie