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|A traditional Northumbrian Song. It is also a Northumbrian pipes air usually played with variations. The words
here were taken down from the album "Northumberland Collection" by Kathryn Tickell and Friends. The Northumbrian
Minstrelsy states that this song was sung as a nursery rhyme in the middle of the nineteenth century. The tune
is also a northumbrian pipe tune and the arrangement reflects this.
|The kye's cam yame but I see not me hinny
The kye's cam yame but I see not me bairn
I'd rather loss aal the kye than loss me hinny
I'd rather loss aal the kye than loss me bairn
Hinny: a term of endearment
|Fair faced is me hinny, his blue eyes are bonny
His hair in curled ringlets hangs sweet to the side
So mount the auld pony seek after me hinny
Bring back to his mammy her only delight
|He's always oot roaming the lang summer day thro'
He's always oot roaming away from the farm
Thro' hedges and ditches and valleys and fellsides
I hope that me hinny will cam to nae harm
|Well I've searched in the meadow and in the far acre
Thro' stackyard and byre but nowt could I find
So off ye gan Daddy seek after yer laddie
Bring back tae this Mammy some peace tae her mind.