Carle Rade tae Aberdeen 1. The carle rade tae Aberdeen To buy white bread But lang or he cam back again, The carline she was deid. Sae he up wi his muckle stick An geid her ower the head. Cryin, `Rise carline, rise An eat white bread.' 2. Ride, dide, dide, Ride awa t' Aberdeen, An buy fite bread, She fan ere she cam back The carlin wiz dead. Up wi' her club, Gie her on the lug, An said, "Rise up, carlin, An eat fite bread." 3. Ride horsie, ride, Awa tae Aberdeen, Tae buy fite breid. Fan she got there, The cattle she was deid. Up wi ma club, Ga the cattle on the lug. Rise up, cattle, An eat fite breid. 4. Ride away to Aberdeen, And buy white breid, But lang ere she cam' back again, The carlin she was deid; He up wi' his muckle club, And gied her in the heid, Fie, carlin, rise again And eat white breid. ________________________________________________________ (1) Alison Poetry of NE Sc. (1976), 124. (2) Gregor (1881), 17, a dandling song from the North- East; whence perhaps (3), from SC (1948), 160 (no. 296) [seemingly misheard]. With the lines on the club, cf. "Hirdy Dirdie", "Cleaverie, cleaverie, sit i the sun", etc. With 1-3 cf. MacLennan SNR (1909), 50: "Ride horsie, ride, ride horsie, ride, Ride awa' to Aiberdeen, and buy white breid." (4) Rymour Club Misc. II (1912-19), 96 (in 4 lines), a counting-out rhyme from Edinburgh. MS
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