Ewie wi' the Crookit Horn (7) (The)
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EWIE WI' THE CROOKIT HORN , THE. Scottish, Air (2/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The air, adapted from a Highland reel, was the vehicle for a late 18th century song by Rev. Mr. John Skinner that praises the whisky still, with its 'crookit horn' or spiral condenser apparatus. The first stanza goes:
Were I but able to rehearse
My ewie's praise in proper verse,
I'd sound it forth as loud and fierce
As ever piper's drone could blaw.
The ewie wi' the crookit horn!
Wha had kent her might ha'e sworn,
Sie a wew was never born,
Here about, nor far awa'.
Source for notated version:
Graham (Songs of Scotland, vol. 2), 1849; p. 126.
Graham (Songs of Scotland), 1857; p. 142.
O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 365, p. 186.