Hey the Dusty Miller Hey the dusty Miller, And his dusty coat; He will win a shilling Or he spend a groat: Dusty was the coat, Dusty was the colour; Dusty was the kiss That I got frae the Miller. Hey the dusty Miller, And his dusty sack; Leeze me on the calling Fills the dusty peck: Fills the dusty peck, Brings the dusty siller; I wad gie my coatie For the dusty Miller. ________________________________________________________ SMM II (1788), 151 (no. 144), Burns's extension of a fragment in Herd's MSS. (ed. Hecht, 142), which is source for SC (148, no. 267): O the dusty miller, etc., with "He will spend a shilling ere he win a groat", which is reversed in Burns's text, perhaps because of the legendary greed of the miller. SMM text in Buchan 101 SS (1962), 134, with music from Maver's Genuine Scottish Melodies, with variant in bar 2: t, r r f m r for SMM's t, r r m r d). See also ODNR 307 (no. 351). The air, Dusty Miller, is (Stenhouse) in the Crockat MS., 1709; certainly in Walsh (Compleat County Dancing Master , and The Lady's Banquet). In the Blaikie MS. (1692) occurs Binny's Jig, which is similar, but in 6/8 (as opposed to 9/8) time; see Glen ESM 41-42; Chappell PMOT 608. Gillespie MS. (1768), no. 91; Bremner's Reels (1758), 27. Cf. Kinsley Burns no. 201; note, 1264. Another song (to a 9/8 version of the tune) is "Andrew Carr", q.v. WBO OCT98
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