“The Feeing Time (I)”


"A frien' and I struck frae Mulguy" for Glasgow; they meet a girl on her way to feeing day. The singer lures her into a pub, and they drink the day away. She says she has lost her fee; he promises to wed her, and she is "glad she lost the feeing time."


Not to be confused with "The Feein' Time (II)," which is a complaint about work similar to "The Barnyards o' Delgaty." The song is also very similar to the Irish song "The Hiring Fair," with which it even shares some lyrics. I have split them only very tentatively; it's possible that some versions may be mixed or misfiled.

To earn one's fee was to go to a hiring fair and be taken on for a position. - RBW

Same tune

  • Craigmaddie Muir (per broadsides Murray, Mu23-y1:036, Mu23=y3:023, NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(067))

Cross references


  • Murray, Mu23-y1:036, "The Feeing Time," James Lindsay Jr. (Glasgow), 19C; also Murray, Mu23-y1:037, "The Feeing Time," James Lindsay Jr. (Glasgow), 19C [not the same as the preceding], Murray, Mu23-y3:023, "The Feeing Time," James Lindsay (Glasgow), 19C [also distinct]
  • NLScotland, L.C.1270(018), "The Feeing Time," unknown, c. 1845; also L.C.Fol.178.A.2(067), "The Feeing Time," James Lindsay (Glasgow), c. 1870, L.C.Fol.70(35b), "The Feeing Time," Poet's Box (Dundee), c. 1890


  • Michael Gallagher, "The Hiring Time" (on IRTunneyFamily01)


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 323-325, "The Feeing Time" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ord, pp. 82-83, "The Feeing Time" (1 text)
  3. Roud #2516
  4. BI, Ord082


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1901 (Ford)
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber) Ireland