“Barley Raking (Barley Rigs A-Raking)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Keywords: courting sex pregnancy rejection
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

The singer spies a couple "have a jovial treat" at hay-making time. After 20 weeks, "this fair maid fell a-sighing"; after 40 weeks, she is crying. She writes to her love. He rejects her, saying, "I dearly like my freedom."

Notes

Roud lumps this with Burns's "Corn Rigs" ("It was upon a Lammas night"). A source it may be, but Burns has done enough rewriting that I think they must be split. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Ord, p. 218-219, "Barley Rigs A-Raking" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #1024
  3. BI, Ord218