“I Am Gaun to the Garret”


"My mither has three butter platies. Platies? Ay, platies... And she's nae ither dochters but me. But I maun gang tae the garret... Since there's nae bonnie laddie for me." After lamenting her fate, she at last reports that she is to marry a miller


This is fundamentally the same song as "I Wonder When I Shall Be Married," and both very possibly derive from a broadside "The Maiden's Sad Complaint for Want of a Husband." But this version ends with the girl getting married, and the other with her still an old maid. That's a sufficient change in the plot that I list the two separately, but there is clearly overlap. Roud unsurprisingly lumps them. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Ord, p. 58, "I Am Gaun to the Garret" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #818
  3. BI, Ord058


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