“The Yowe Lamb (Ca' the Yowes; Lovely Molly)”


Molly agrees to marry Willie if her father consents. Willie asks the father for a "yowe lamb" to start a flock. Her father consents and tells Willie to "choose a yowe lamb." Willie chooses Molly. Her father is upset by the trick, but allows the match


This is apparently the original of the Burns song "Ca' the Ewes to the Knowes," but he changed it so substantially that they must be considered separate songs, and the reader must be careful to distinguish. - RBW

And despite the title, Kennedy's version really is "The Yowe Lamb." - PJS


  1. Kennedy 124, "Ca the Yowes to the Knowes" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 187-188, "Lovely Molly" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. SHenry H175, p. 470, "The Yowe Lamb" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Creighton-Maritime, p. 46, "Ca' the Ewes Unto the Knowes" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. DT, CALEWE3*
  6. Roud #857
  7. BI, K124


Alternate titles: “Lovely Mollie”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1899 (Ford); the Burns version is #264 in the _Scots Musical Museum_
Found in: Ireland Britain(Scotland) Canada(Mar)