Lassie Lost her Silken Snood (1) (The)

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LASSIE LOST HER SILKEN SNOOD [1], THE. AKA and see "Twine weel the Plaiden." Scottish, Air (whole time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title is a line from a song which usually goes by the title "Twine weel the Plaiden." James Oswald published a triple-time tune by the "...Silken Snood" title (in 3/4 and an appended jig) in his Caledonian Pocket Companion Book 12 (1760, p. 22). "Twine weel the Plaiden" appears in the first volume of James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum (1787), and begins:

O, I ha'e lost my silken snood,
That tied my hair sae yellow;
I've gi'en my heart to the lad I loo'd,
He was a gallant fellow.
And twine it weel, my bonnie dow,
And twine it weel the plaiden;
The lassie lost her silken snood,
In pu'ling o' the brecken.

The same song, as "The Silken Snood", was one of the Scottish songs for William Whyte arranged by Classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) [JHW. XXXII/5 no. 370, Hob. XXXIa no. 208].

According to Ebenezer Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1894) the 'snood' was a ribbon with which Scottish girls braided their hair, emblematic of their maiden character. When she married she substituted a curch or coif for the snood, "but if she lost the name of virgin before she became a wife, she 'lost her silken snood', and was not privileged to assume the curch." Snood - from the Anglo-Saxon snod. Archibald Bell, who printed "The Lassie's Lost Her Silken Snood" in his Scottish Melodies (1849, p. 97), opined: "This air appears to the Author to possess much beauty, delicacy and expression."

Queen Theresa of Naples, c. 1860's, wearing a snood

O I hae lost my silken snood,
That tied my hair sae yellow;
I gied it tae the lad I lo'ed,
He was a gallant fellow.

Cho:
And twine it weel my bonnie doo,
And twine it weel the plaiden;
The lassie lost her silken snood,
A-pu'in' o' the bracken.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Gow (Fourth Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 2nd ed., originally 1800; p. 15.

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