“Barley Raking (Barley Rigs A-Raking)”


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."


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


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


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Ord)
Found in: Britain(Scotland)