The Weary Farmers

Title - The Weary Farmers
Contributors - Donald MacMartin
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - A recited fragment of the bothy ballad 'The Weary Farmers' (aka 'The Term Time'):

"The term time is drawin nigh an then we'll aw be free,
An wi the weary fermers again we'll never fee;
Wi their cauld kail an tatties, they would feed ye up like pigs,
An they in aw their grandeur, they'll flee aboot in gigs."

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:00:19
Date Recorded - 1965
Language - Scots
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 28029
Original Tape ID - SA1965.159
Original Track ID - SA1965.159.A34
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD391; R2181;

Recording Location:
  County - Berwickshire
  Parish - Coldingham
  Village - Coldingham

Item Notes - 1 verse of 4 lines.
In the complete song, the singer describes the promises that farmers make to the young men they hire, and the poor conditions that they actually endure.
Robert Ford gives the melody as the tune of the song 'Mossie and his Mare' (Roud 6104).
Greig-Duncan Vol.3, pp.96-97
'Bothy Songs & Ballads' (J. Ord, 1930) pp.268-269
'Vagabond Songs & Ballads, vol. 1' (R. Ford, 1899) pp.249-251

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