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FEE HIM FATHER FEE HIM (See him, father, see him). Scottish, Air (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A popular Scottish ballad [Roud Broadside Index B38589] frequently printed in songsters, chapbooks and broadside sheets through the mid-18th and 19th century. Words to the song were printed by David Herd & George Paton in their Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs, Heroic Ballads, etc., vol. 1 (1776, p. 45):

O saw y e Johny cumin, quo' she,
Saw ye Johny cummin;
O saw y e Johny cumin, quo' she,
Saw ye Johny cummin;
O saw y e Johny cumin, quo' she,
Saw ye Johny cummin;
Wi' his blew bonnet on his head,
And his dogie rinnin, quo' she,
And his dogie rinnin?

O fee him, father fee him, quo' she,
Fee him, father, fee him;
O fee him, father, fee him, quo' she,
Fee him, father, fee him;
For he is a gallant lad, and a weil-doin, quo' she,
And a' the wark about the town
Gaes wi' me when I fee him, quo' she,
Gaes wi' me when I fee him.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: James Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5) Glasgow, 1797; No. 132, p. 50.

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