Lass that Winna Sit Down

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LASS THAT WINNA SIT DOWN. Scottish, Air (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). A portion of the tune seems to be a variation of the first part of "Lass of Patie's Mill (The)," according to Samuel Bayard. John Glen (Early Scottish Melodies, 1900, no. 463) remarks that "the song is adapted to a tune in Niel Gow's First Collection (1784) called "Mr. Graham of Orchills" (p. 3) and also appears in Aird's Third Selection (1788). The air is slightly altered in the [Scots Musical] Museum, and is evidently a plagiarism of Daniel Dow's Highland Skip (1) (The)." The song, by Edinburgh engraver Alexander Robertson, begins:

What think ye o' the scornfu' quine, [...quine = young girl]
'Ill no sit down by me;
I'll see the day that she'll repine,
Unless she does agree.
O she did hoot, and toot, and flout,
'Cause I bade her sit down;
But the next time that e'er I do't,
I'll be whipp't like a loon. [... loon = rascal]

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Johnson (Scots Musical Museum), 1783-1803; vol. 5, No. 463.

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