Neeps like Sucker whoe’ll buy Neeps
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NEEPS LIKE SUCKER, WHOE'LL BUY NEEPS. Scottish, Air (6/8 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by fiddler-composer John Pringle, printed in his Second Collection of Strathspeys, Reels & Jiggs &c (c. 1805), dedicated to Lady Scott of Ancrum. He was inspired by the sales-songs of Edinburgh street vendors (as was Nathaniel Gow, with "Caller Herring"), and adapted one of their tunes for this air. The word 'Sucker' in the title means 'sugar' or 'sweet', derived from from the French sucre. Neeps are mashed turnips and rutabaga, known to anyone who has attended a Burns' dinner (Jan. 25th) with its traditional trinity of haggis, neeps and tatties (mashed potatoes).
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Printed sources: Pringle (A Second Collection of Strathspeys, Reels & Jiggs &c.), c. 1805.