Hoolie, the Bed'll Fa! Hoolie, the bed'll fa! Wha'll fa wi't? Twa een, twa hands, And twa bonnie feet. Hoolie, the bed'll no fa! Wha'll no fa wi't? Wee Robin Reidbreist, Soond asleep. ________________________________________________________ SC (1948), 91 (no. 139), from Perth. The above may be an extension of a common phrase. In 1659 John Douglas and eight women were arraigned as witches, and confessed to "merry meetings with Satan, enlivened with music and dancing. Douglas was the pyper, and the two favourite airs of his majesty were `Kilt thy coat, Maggie, and come thy way with me', and `Hulie the bed will fa'." [Spottiswoode Miscellany (Edin. 1844-5), II.68; Thomas Davidson, Rowan Tree and Red Thread (1949), 19.] Cf. also Allan Cunningham, Burns II.39, quoting a "very old" song [in connection with Burns' version of "The tailor fell through the bed", as in SMM III (221, no. 212)]; st. 2 runs: The beddie was tied frae head to feet, Wi' ropes ' hay that were wondrous sweet, And by came the calfie and ate them awa,-- Deal hoolie, my laddie, the beddie will fa'. MS APR99
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