“Up the Raw”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1900 (Stokoe/Reay)
Keywords: nonballad children
Found in: Britain(England(North))

Description

"Up the Raw, down the Raw, Up the Raw, lass, ev'ry day; For shape and colour, ma bonny hinny, Thou bangs thy mother, ma canny bairn." The mother (?) complains lovingly of the mischief her child gets into. (I think that's what it means)

Supplemental text

Up the Raw
  Complete text(s)

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From Stokoe/Reay, Songs and Ballads of Northern England, pp. 122-123.

Up the Raw, down the Raw,
Up the Raw, lass, ev'ry day;
For shape and colour, ma bonny hinny,
Thou bangs thy mother, ma canny bairn.

Black as a craw, ma bonny hinny,
Thou bands them a', lass, ev'ry day;
Thou's a' clag-candied, ma bonny hinny,
Thou's double japanded, ma canny bairn.
      Up the Raw, etc.

For hide and hue, ma bonny hinny,
Thou bangs the craw, ma canny bairn,
Up the Raw, ma bonny hinny,
Thou bangs them a', ma canny bairn.
      Up the Raw, etc.

References

  1. Stokoe/Reay, pp. 122-123, "Up the Raw" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST StoR122 (Full)
  3. Roud #3155
  4. BI, StoR122