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CA' HAWKIE (THROUGH THE WATER). AKA and see "Drive Hakky," "Lord Elphinston." Scottish, English; Strathspey, Reel and/or Air (2/4 time). England; Cumbria, Northumberland. B Flat Major & G Minor (Bruce & Stokoe): A Minor (Athole, Davie, Kerr, Martin). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Bruce & Stokoe): AABB (Martin): AABCCD (Davie): AABBCCDD (Kerr). 'Hawkie' is pet name in Scots dialect for a cow with a white face.
Ca' Hawkie, ca' Hawkie,
Ca' Hawkie through the water,
Hawkie is a sweir beast,
And Hawkie winna wade the water.
Hawkie is a bonny cow,
Though she's loth to wade the water;
While she waits the work'll stand,
So ca' Hawkie through the water. (Bruce & Stokoe)
"Lord Elphinston" is given as an alternate title by Stewart-Robertson in the Athole Collection, but it is not Ducan MacIntyre's strathspey "Lord Elphinstone."