Six Eggs in the Pot There's six eggs in the pot, guidman, There's six eggs in the pot, guidman; There's ane for you, and twa for me, And three for our John Hielandman. ________________________________________________________ Chambers PRS (1847), 185. This is the first stanza of a rather suggestive song in SMM V (1796), 421 (no. 409): O an ye were dead, Gudeman, A green turf on your head, gudeman, I wad bestow my widowhood Upon a rantin' Highlandman. [text ranton] There's sax eggs in the pan, gudeman, There's sax eggs in the pan, gudeman; There's ane to you, and twa to me, And three to our John Highlandman. O an ye [&c.] A sheep's head's in the pot, gudeman, A sheep's head's in the pot, gudeman; The flesh to him, the broo to me, An' the horns become your brow, gudeman. Sing round about the fire wi' a rung she ran, An' round about the fire wi' a rung she ran: Your horns shall tie you to the staw, And I shall bang your hide, gudeman. Sharpe (Ballad Book, 1823, 64, xxii) omits the first stanza, and has a variant 2nd chorus, slightly different in his Additional Illus. to SMM (p. *439): 3rd line repeats 2nd, and 4th is "Saying--`Haud awa' your blue breeks frae me, gudeman'." Stenhouse (Illus. 366-7) has a longer version, adapted by Chambers in SSPB (1862), 181-2. It is quite likely that the flesh (beef in other versions) means "vulva", and the broo, "semen". The horns refer to cuckoldry, of course. St. 2 & 3 of SMM text (eggs, sheep) in MacLennan SNR (1909), 19 ["There's a sheep's heid/ The banes . . . the broo/ An' the beef"]. The tune is in Oswald, CPC (1752), iv p. 24, as I wish that you were dead, goodman. Dick (Songs, 446) notes that the first part of the tune resembles the second phrase of The Duke of Buccleuch's Tune in Apollo's Banquet (6th ed., 1690), and appears complete, with both strains, in The Dancing Master, 1709, as The Fiddler's Morris. Also in Macfarlane MS., 1741; McGibbon's Third Coll. as Watson's Scots Measure; and McGlashan's Scots Measures (1781), 7, under the same title. It is now the vehicle for Burns's song about himself, "There was a lad was born in Kyle". MS oct96
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