“Aye She Likit The Ae Nicht”


The man gets into bed, knocks the bottom boards over the woman's head, gives her his "hairy peg." She likes it. (Refrain: "Lassie, let me in, O") When he comes down, the "auld wife" is standing there; she lifts her clothes and says "Laddie, put it in"


This has a good deal in common with "Let Me In This Ae Nicht," aka "Cold Haily Windy Night," but as the plots are quite different, MacColl & Seeger split them, and so do I. - PJS

I'm glad you added that note, though, or I might have lumped them. (Roud did.) I almost wonder if this isn't "Let Me In This Ae Nicht," with an ending related to "Courting the Widow's Daughter" [Laws H25). - RBW

Cross references


  • cf. "Let Me In This Ae Nicht" (chorus, theme)


  1. MacSeegTrav 41, "Ae She Likit The Ae Nicht" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #135
  3. BI, McCST041


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1962 (collected from Maggie McPhee)
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))