Peter Patter Ower the Watter 1. Peter Patter ower the watter, In an egg-shell. The egg-shell brook, And Peter got a dook, And a the men o Scotland Cudna hale im oot. 2. Peter patter, owre the watter, Barnfare, dinna yatter; Puddin' wives in Paisley, Gentlemen in Glesca. Glesca and Partick Mills, Carneaverock and Carneaverock hills; The smiddy and the smiddy hills, The cankert buddy o' Clover hills; King kid, king kell, Auchendruach in the fell, The Goolie and the Gawkie. ________________________________________________________ (1) SC (1948), 172 (no. 323), from the North-East. MacLennan SNR (1909), 16, has "In the watter", and 5-6 "An' cried to his Mammy, to come an' help him oot." Rodger Lang Strang (1948), 15 [ower; rest as MacLennan]. [Cf. the phrase "Pitter patter, Haly watter" in Chambers, from an old Catholic charm: 1847, 223; 1870, 73; the tale of "Whuppity Stoorie".] (2) Rymour Club Misc. II (1912-19), 95, from Greenock, learned in the 1850s from a Houston lady. MS
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