When I Was a Little Boy 1. When I was a little boy, striking at the studdy, I had a pair o' blue breeks, and O but they were duddie! As I strook they shook, like a lamb's tailie; But now I'm grown a gentleman, my wife she wears a railie! 2. When I was a young man, I yarkit at the studdy, O, I had a pair o' grey breeks, and they were unco duddy, O; When I shook they shook, like a lammie's tailie, O, Gin my sang disna please, sing anither to yerselie, O. ________________________________________________________ (1) Chambers PRS (1826), 297; (1847), 287; (1870), 155; NAE (1932), 29 [3 lammie's] , whence Montgomerie SNR (1946), 124 (no. 157) ["a wee boy" etc.]. Chambers identifies the protagonist as a John Callender, a blacksmith who worked at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles before the Revolution (of 1688). The railie of line 4 is a short-sleeved over-bodice made of finer linen than ordinary, worn on dress occasions--kirk on Sundays, etc. "To wear a rail was considered as a mark of wealth formerly" (E.D.D.). With the incipit, cf. "Robin Tamson's Smiddy", by Alex. Rodger (1784-1846), to the tune The Cornclips, whose 18th-century text begins: "My mither men't my auld breeks, and wow, but they were duddie, O"; Rodger's text continues "She sent me to get Mallie shod at Robin Tamson's smiddy, O." (2) Forfar variant: Rymour Club Misc. I (1906-11), 212. MS
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