The Wee Cooper o Fife

Title - The Wee Cooper o Fife
Contributors - Unknown (male); Elsie Hamilton
Reporters - Dr Emily Lyle

Summary - In this humorous ballad, a cooper's wife refuses to do housework, considering it beneath her. Her husband will not beat her, as she is of 'gentle' birth; instead he fetches a sheepskin, puts it on his wife's back and beats it. After the thrashing, his wife complies and does the work. The song closes with advice to all men with gentle wives - they should follow the cooper's example.

Mrs Elsie Hamilton learned the song from her mother.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:37
Date Recorded - 1977.01.20
Language - Scots
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 42878
Original Tape ID - SA1977.024
Original Track ID - SA1977.24.A7
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C277; GD1282; R117;

Item Location:
  County - Fife

Item Notes - 10 verses of 4 lines (couplets with interlinear refrain).
Greig-Duncan vol. 7, pp. 30-33
'Scottish Ballads' (E. Lyle, 1994) p. 48
'Scotland Sings' (E. MacColl, 1953) p. 138
'Song Histories' (R. Ford, 1900) pp. 271-274
'Scottish Ballad Book' (N. Buchan, 1973) p. 181
'Book of Scottish Song' (A. Whitelaw, 1845) pp. 333-334
'Songs from David Herd's Manuscripts' (H. Hecht, 1904) p. 167
'Vagabond Songs & Ballads' vol. 1 (R. Ford, 1899) pp. 233-236
'Andrew Crawfurd's Collection of Ballads & Songs' vol. 2 (E. Lyle, 1996) pp. 120-121
'Folk-Song of the North-East' (G. Greig, K. Goldstein & A. Argo, 1963 reprint) art. CXXII

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