I Ha’e Laid a Herrin’ in Sa’t

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I HA'E LAID A HERRIN' IN SA'T. AKA - "I hae laid a herrin in saut." Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). A Major (Kerr): G Major (Rook). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Rook): AABB (Kerr). This is the melody traditionally used for the country dance Flora Macdonald’s Fancy. The song appears in Gavin Greig's Scots Minstrelsie, vol. 1 (1893), wherein the words are credited to James Tytler, set to an "Old Melody."

I hae laid a herrin' i' saut,
Lass, gin ye lo'e me, tell me noo;
I hae brew'd a forpit o' maut,
An' I canna come ilka day to woo.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 316, p. 35.

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