Gie Me A Lass wi a Lump o' Land

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Gi'e me a lass with a lump of land, as published in William Thomson's Orpheus Caledonius (1733).

GIE me a lass wi a lump o land,
An we for life shall gang the gither,
Tho daft or wice, I’ll never demand,
Or black, or fair, it maksna whether.
I’m aff wi wit, an beauty will fade,
An bluid alane is no worth a shillin,
But she that’s rich, her mercat’s made,
For ilka chairm aboot her is killin.

Gie me a lass wi a lump o land,
An in my bosom I’ll hug my traesur;
Gin I haed ance her gear in my hand,
Should love turn dowf, it will finnd plaesur.
Lauch on wha likes, but there’s my hand,
I hate wi puirtith, tho bonny, to meddle,
Unless they bring cash, or a lump o land,
They’ll ne’er get me to dance to their fiddle.

There’s meikle guid love in bands an bags,
An siller an gowd’s a sweet complexion;
For beauty, an wit, an virtue in rags,
Haes tint the art o gainin affection:
Love tips his airaes wi wids an parks,
An castles, an riggs, an muirs, an meidaes,
An naething can catch oor modern sparks
But well-tochered lasses, or jointur’d-weedaes.

Thochts

  • Original text: Allan Ramsay, Poems (Edinburgh: Thomas Ruddiman for the author, 1728).
  • First publication date: 1728
  • dowf: dull - or even 'deaf'?
  • poortith: poverty
  • tint: lost. Think on 'taint'?
  • riggs: ridges. Or thin on 'corn riggs'?
  • well-tocher'd: well-dowered.

Mair

GIVE ME A LASS WITH A LUMP OF LAND. English, Irish; Air and Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. See the related "Butcher's March (The)."

The air "Give Me a Lass with a Lump of Land" appears in J. Mitchell's stage production The Highland Fair, or the Union of the Clans (1731), and in the opera Calista (1731), a scandalous expose of the illicit affair of Lady Catherine, penned by an anonymous author.

"Give Me a Lass with a Lump of Land" was printed in vol. 6 of John Watts' Musical Miscellany the same year.

Source for notated version: copied from James Aird's Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs (1782-97) [O'Neill]

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3), 1788; No. 479, p. 185. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 1977; Addenda. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 2nd Edition, 2006; p. 21. O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 122.

Thus Rendered by Ossian! Terrific.

A Setting

X: 1
T: Gie Me A Lass Wi' A Lump O' Land
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A2A efg | fed e2e | ABA e2f | g2e dBG |
A2A efg | fed e2f | gag gfe | dBg dBG ||
ABA a2g | b2g a2f | gag gfe | dBg dBG |
ABA a2g | b2g a2f | gag gfe | dBg dBG |]