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Craw Killed the Pussy 1. The craws hae killed the poussie, O, The craws hae killed the poussie, O; The little cat sat down and grat, Into its wee bit housie, O. 2. The craws killt the pusie, O: The craws killt the pusie, O: The muckle cat Sat doon an grat, At the back o' Johnnie's hoosie, O. 3. The craw killed the pussie O, The craw killed the pussie O; The muckle cat sat doon an' grat In Johnny's little hoosie O. Comin' thro' the mossie O, Comin' thro' the mossie O, I licket oot my puckle meal, An' played me wi pouckie O. 4. The craw's killed the pussie, O! The craw's killed the pussie, O! The muckle cat sat doon an grat In Willie's wee bit housie, O! The craw's killed the pussie, O! The craw's killed the pussie, O! An aye, aye, the kitten cried, `Oh, wha'll bring me a mousie, O?' Comin by the rockie, O! Comin by the rockie, O! I lickit oot the pickle meal An played wi the pockie, O! The collie dog he sat an growled, But wae than a the muckle craw Has gane an killed oor pussie, O! 5. The craw killed the pussie O! The craw killed the pussie O! The muckle cat Sat doun and grat Behind the wee bit hoosie O. The craw killed the pussie O! The craw killed the pussie O! And aye, aye, The kitten cried, O wha'll bring me a moosie O? ________________________________________________________ (1), Chambers PRS (1847), 183; the 1870 ed. (p. 26) has 1.3 mickle 1.4 In [Jeanie's] wee bit housie, O; "the name is liable to variation according to that of the infant dealt with." Indicated tune, Green grow the Rashes. 1870 version ["muckle"] in MacLennan SNR (1909), 14. (2), Gregor (1881), 137. (3), Greig FSNE cliv.2, originally from Cunnyknowe, New Deer parish. [Also in Paul, Past & Present (1881), 144.] Another correspondent (art. clv) says his grandmother sang it to "Green Grows the Rashes", and the last line of st. 1 was "At the back o' Johnnie's Housie O.' Buchan 101 SS (1962), 145 (with music), is very similar (begins "The craw's taen the pussie-oh"), with extra verse: It happened on a Wednesday A windy windy Wednesday It happened on a Wednesday Gin I can richtly mind it-oh. (Evidently a borrowing from another rhyme, "The Cattie Rade to Passelet".) (4) Burnett BSV (1932), 20. [Defective: one line wanting in st. 2.] St. 1 with music in Moffat TSNR (1933), 4. (5) Variant of (4) st. 1, from NAE (1932), 25, with music [original has O in lower case]; Montgomerie SNR (1946) 91 (no. 113), with music. MS
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