Simon Brodie Symon Brodie had a cow: The cow was lost, and he cou'd na find her; When he had done what man cou'd do, The cow came hame, and the tail behind her. Honest, auld Symon Brodie, Stupid, auld, doited bodie; I'll awa' to the North Countrie, And see my ain dear Symon Brodie. Symon Brodie had a wife, And wow but she was braw and bonnie; She took the dish-clout aff the bink, And prin'd it to her cockernonie. Honest, auld Symon Brodie, &c. _______________________________________________________ Herd 1776 II.230. Paul Past & Present (1881), 148 (no. 8) [followed by Rymour Club Misc. III (1928), 184, Nicht at Eenie (1932), 5, Montgomerie SNR (1946), 109 (no. 135)] is slightly different: Simon Brodie he had a coo;// If he had done what a man could do,/ The coo had come hame wi' her tail behind her./ [Cho.] Puir auld Simon Brodie,/ Puir wee doited body;/ I will awa to the North Countrie/ An' see my ain auld Simon Brodie.// S.B. he had/ wondrous bonny/ He's taen the dish-cloot oot o' the bink [etc.] The tune (Simon Brody) is in the Bodleian MS. of David Young, 1740; McFarlan MS., c. 1743; and before in the Skene MS. as Kette Bairdie; see "Katie Beardie". Whistle-Binkie (1890 ed., I.287) has an anonymous poem incorporating the above, beginning: Heard ye e'er o' our gudeman, The gaucy laird o' braid Dunwodie, The wale o' cocks at cap or can, Honest canty Simon Brodie! Stanzas 3 and 4 run thus (lines 5-8, the varied chorus, omitted): Simon Brodie had ane wife, I wat she was baith proud and bonny, He took the dishclout frae the bink, And preen't it till her cockernony! An' Simon had a branded cow, He tint his cow and couldna find her, He sought her a' the lee lang day, But the cow cam hame wi' her tail ahind her. MS
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