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Poor Ditching Poor

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A Scots translation of the Richard Thompson song, released on his debut album, Henry The Human Fly, in 1972, inspired by Lewis Grassic Gibbon's novel, Sunset Song, set in Aberdeenshire.

lyrics

Wis there iver a winter sae caul an sae sad
The river ower weary tae flood
The storm an the win cut throw tae ma skin
Bit she cut throw tae ma blood

I wis luikin fur trouble tae tangle ma line
Bit trouble cam luikin fur me
I kaint I wis stannin on treacherous grun
I wis sinkin ower faist tae rin free

Wi her scheemin, idle weys
She left me puir enough
The storm an the win cut throw tae ma skin
Bit she cut throw tae ma blood

I widna be askin, I widna be seen
A-beggin on mountain or hill
Bit am ready an blin wi ma hauns tied ahin
A’ve neither a mind nor a will

Wi her scheemin, idle weys
She left me puir enough
The storm an the win cut throw tae ma skin
Bit she cut throw tae ma blood

It’s bitter the need o the puir ditchin boy
He’ll ayewis believe whit they say
They tell him its hard tae be honest an true
Dis he mind if he disna get peyed?

Wi her scheemin, idle weys
She left me puir enough
The storm an the win cut throw tae ma skin
Bit she cut throw tae ma blood

credits

from Iona Fyfe, released November 4, 2022
Iona Fyfe: Vocals
Jack McRobbie: Guitar
Michael Biggins: Piano
Charlie Stewart: Electric Bass
Graham Rorie: Mandolin, Fiddle, Electric Tenor Guitar

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Graham Rorie at Rumley Sounds
www.grahamrorie.com
Mastered by Chris Waite
www.masteredbychriswaite.com
Artwork by Seth Tinsley Illustration
www.sethtinsleyillustration.com

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Iona Fyfe Scotland, UK

Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young folk singers, rooted in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. The first ever singer to win the coveted title of Musician of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2021, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer.” (Global-Music.de)

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