Hurrah, Hurrah, a Ranogate 1. Hurrah, hurrah, a ranogate, The nicht afore the fair, The pipers in the Canongate, The drums in the air. My mother gae me the keys to keep, To wauken me oot o' my mornin' sleep, The hens shall lay, and the cock shall craw, Hurrah, hurrah, a ranogate. 2. Aree, aree, a ranogate, The pipers in the Canongate, The drums in the air, The cock craws, the hen lays, The nicht afore the fair. 3. Ree-a-ree, a ranigate, The pipers i' the Canigate, The drow is in the air; The cock craws, the hen lays, The nicht afore the fair. ________________________________________________________ (1-2) James Cockburn on Selkirk rhymes, c. 1840, in SNQ IV.5 (Oct. 1890), 91. With line 5 of (1), cf. "Babbity Bowster". Ranogate is a nonce word, for the rhyme, but probably influenced by rinagate, "renegade". (3) Rymour Club Misc. I (1906-11), 175, from Dunbar. "The child who repeated this rhyme oftenest got the biggest fairing at the Dunbar Fair, held on the first Monday of February." WBO OCT98
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