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Sin I Cam By Johnshaven

WORDS & RHYMES

We worked to gather rhymes, words and stories that show us how Scots was and is spoken in Johnshaven and around. We published what we found in a booklet.

RHYMES FROM YOUNG AT HEART CLUB 7TH FEBRUARY

A] Norma, Aberdeen / Johnshaven, 75

1] Auntie Mary hud a canary up the leg of her drawers

It wouldn’t come doon fa half a croon

2] I gave my love a apple / pear / cherry

3] Skinny Malinky Langlegs, umbrella feet

Went to the pictures and fell fast asleep

When the picture started, Skinny Malinky farted

4] One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, four

Five potatoes, six potatoes, seven potatoes, more

B] Did not want to give name, Auchenblae

1] Wha saw the tattie howkers

Broomielaw

2] Auntie Mary hud a canary up the leg of her drawers

It wouldna come doon for half a croon

Till doon come Santa Claus

4] The big ship sails

On a cold and frosty mornin

5] Ye canny shove yer grannie

Ither – daddie’s

C] Vera, Aberdeen, 79

1] Wha saw the tattie howkers

2] Auntie Mary hud a canary up the leg of her drawers

She pulled a string, tae mak it sing

And doon cam Santy Claus

3] Skinny Malinky Langlegs, umbrella feet

Went tae the picters and fell through the seat

And when the picter started, Skinny Malinky farted

O, Skinny Malinky Langlegs, umbrella feet

4] Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

Haud the cuddy er I get on!

5] Underneath the water, six feet deep

There lies Hitler, fast asleep

A the wee fishes tickle at his feet

Underneath the water, six feet deep

6] Now the War is over, Mussolini’s dead

He wants to go to heaven with a crown upon his head

But the Lord said ‘No! You’ve got to stay below.

All dressed up and nowhere to go’.

7] In and out the dusty bluebells

D] Wilma, Blackburn then the Borders then Arbuthnott then Johnshaven, 75

1] I ken whar ah’m gaun, and I know who’s going with me

2] Auntie Mary hud a canary up the leg of her bloomers

3] Ye canny shove yer grannie off the bus

4] Matthew Mark, Luke and John

Bless the bed that I lie on

Two at my head and two at my feet

And one my soul to keep

5] One potato, two potato, three potato, four

Five potato, six potatoes, seven potato, more

6] I’m a Girl Guide dressed in blue

See all the actions I can do

Stand at ease, bend my knees

Salute to the King and bow to the Queen

(Used for picking who would be ‘it’)

7] Do you know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man

Do you know the muffin man who lives down Durie Lane

Yes I know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man

Yes I know the muffin man who lives down Durie Lane

(Two lines facing each other, first advances singing than backs, second then advances singing)

E] ?Samdie or Sandie, Inverbervie – Perth – England!, 74

1] I ken whar ah’m gaun, and whose gaun with me

I know who I love, and I know who I’ll marry

2] Auntie Mary hud a canary up the leg of her drawers

Didny come doon for half a croon and doon come Santa Claus

3] Doon in the meadow whaur the green grass grows

Where (Mary Brown) hung out her clothes

4] Skinny Malinky Langlegs, umbrella feet

Went to the pictures but couldna find a seat

When the picture started, Skinny Malinky farted -----

5] Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Hud the cuddy while I get on

Hud it sicker, hud it sair

Hud it by its head o hair

6] One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, four

Five potatoes, six potatoes, seven potatoes, more

7] I’m a Girl Guide dressed in blue

See all the actions I can do ----

F] Vallie, Gourdon, 87

1] Wha saw the 42nd, wha saw them ging awa

2] I ken whar ah’m gaun, and I ken gan we me

3] Auntie Mary hud a canary up the leg of her drawers

4] Skinny Malinky Langlegs and umbrella feet

Went to the pictures and couldn’t get a seat

When the pictures started, Skinny Malinky farted

5] Eeenti teenti feg

Ell del domin egg

6] Matthew Mark Luke John

Hide the horse till I get on

G] Lindsey, Inverness / Johnshaven, 70

1] I ken whar ah’m gaun, and I ken fa’s goin wi mi

----, but the Lord knows who I’ll marry

2] Auntie Mary hud a canary up the leg of her drawers

3] Skinny Malinky Langlegs, big banana feet

Went to the doctor’s and couldn’t get a seat

4] Matthew Mark Luke John

Haud the horse till I get on

5] One potato, two potato, three potato, four

H] Alex, Gourdon (Gurdon), 89

1] Fa saw the 42nd

And fa saw them gan awa

??

Marchin doon the Broomielaw

2] Auntie Mary hud a canary up the leg of her drawers

3] Skinny Malinky Langlegs, umbrella feet

Went to the pictures and couldn’t get a seat

When the picture started, Skinny Malinky farted

4] Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

Hid the horse till I get on

Hid him siccer, hid him sare

Hud him by the heid of hair

5] One potato, two potato, three potato, four

Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more

I] Hugh, Laurencekirk, 83

1] Skinny Malinky Langlegs, umbrella feet

Wi a nose like a banana and umbrella feet

2] Our wee scale is an affa scale

Aa smeared wi yella plaister

An we daurna brak a rule

Because we’re aa feared o the Heid Maister

(Written by a Laurencekirk pupil, and printed in the school magazine)

J] Joyce, Yorkshire born

1] Here we go round the mulberry bush

K] Karen, Yorkshire, 66

Have you seen the muffin man

He lives down Lightwood Road!

From a domino player on 3rd January

Lintie lintie [lang cam] our cat’s deed

Whit did it die wi, wi a sair heid

Aaa ye that klen her when she wis alive

Cam tae her funeral atween fower an five

FROM BILL WILKIE

What kind a things did your parents sing to you?

There was one that was sung to the tune My Darling Clementine. It was aboot a the old boys that used tae gaither doon at the Chaipel Corner waiting till Grant Ryan to open the thingmy at eleven o clock to get their Sunday Post.

Doon the closie, At the Bothy

Mendin nets wi taurry twine

Jeckie Faurrel, Taurry Barrel,

Jake Young and Clementine

All the people At the Chaipel

Sellin tales o auld lang syne,

Aunnie/Andy Mather Says nae bather

Jake Young and Clementine

They were all local dignitaries you know.

FISHERMAN’S LUCK FROM ??

Naebody ever mentioned pigs - that was bad luck – they were either curly tails or snorkers or whitever. Even salmon. Bit it didnae stop them catchin them. (laughs)

Bit if ye were a fite fisherman, salmon wis bad luck for some reason, it's because salmon can ging between salt and fresh water. I think that's how the thing started.

Cos roond the west coast in Mallaig, they'll nae sell ye a box o Swan matches if they ken ye're a fisherman, because swans are the same, they can ging between saut an fresh.

A rabbit as well, that's bad. The reason for that is – some of them used tae bait their creels wi rabbit – lobster eats the meat, it turns its flesh black. You couldnae sell it. Well, ye could sell it, but the boy that bought it wouldnae be very pleased! With its flesh being black, ye widnae ken what it had done tae it.

Some of them wouldn't take gingerbreid tae the sea. Mebbe somebody had took it for their piece one day and something had happened and they connect that, that's the bad luck, that's the only thing aboard the boat that's hisnae been aboard the boat afore.

Never open a can upsides doon. Andy Cargill used tae help ye open a can upside doon, he would tak the wrapper aff ye so you couldnae see if it wis upsides doon. It wis for fear of the boat capsizin.

They wouldnae put a hatchboard on upsides doon either for the same reason, you could end up capsized.

Couldnae whistle – ye'd bring up the wind. Sodgers whistle, sailors sing.

From Joann and Douglas Beattie in their own home, 3rd January 2019

SAYINGS AND WORDS

Sade the haddie tae the fluke

Foo dis yer moo crook?

Ma moo’s never bin aven

Sin I passed the toon a Johnshaven

Keep a fire burnin in yer hearth, even though yer cupboard’s empty

Folks see the reek comin oot yer lum, but dinna see yer cupboard

Though ye’re sodger clad, be major minded

Keep yer head up, though yer arse should trail

A seagull – in Gourdon they say a plean , in Johnshaven a guu

Gourdon or Gurdon? It’s a moot point.

Eileen T says somebody came along and changed the name from Gurdon to Gourdon.

They would say loons [here], but they wouldn’t say quines – loonies and lassies.

RHYMES

Skipping rope – one one way, another, backwards and forwards, you skipped over it

Christopher Columbus was a mighty man

He sailed to America in a tin can

The can was greasy, so he sailed easy

Christopher Columbus was a [marvellous] man

We sang that in the playground here [in Johnshaven]

I am a man before the mast as you can plainly see

One simple question could you answer me

These things to you we bring, why call us common things?

Don’t call us common sailors any more

[This song is only located so far in a 1928 book, Manavilins, a Muster of Sea-songs as distinguished from Shanties, written for the most part by Seamen, and sung On Board Ship During the Closing Years of the Age of Sail, 1890-1910]

The wind the wind, it blows high

The rain comes pouring from the sky

[So and so] says she’d die for the lad wi the – roving eye

]Some man] says he loves her, [someone else] is fighting for her

Crack the whip and away we go, all the way to Jericho

Entie Mary had a canary up the leg of her draars

It whistled for oors and fleggit the Boers and won the Victoria Cross

Oh Entie Mary, Entie Mary, Entie Mary noo

Entie Mary, Entie Mary, Entie Mary’s fu

Templars are gathering from [near/here] and from far,

The conflict is raging, [they call] for the war.ighting part of me and selecting the options from the toolbar.

STORIES

Alexander #, everyone called him [Soudjee?] Quite a funny little man.

Stanning wi his mates, a posh lady came up to him, said ‘I’ve got tar on my hands. My Good man, can you tell me how to get it off?’

He said ‘Fat removes tar.’

She replied, ‘That’s what I’m saying, what removes tar?’

‘Fat removes tar’. This went on for about ten minutes. At last he decided to let her off, and said ‘Lard removes tar’. That really happened.

Doon the [cothie?] at the bothy, mendin nets wi tarry [line / wine?]

Auld Jock Farrell, Tarry Barrel, Jeck Young Clementine

Then ye sing Oh ma darlin, oh ma darlin, oh ma darlin Clementine

That was the bothy, the man in charge of the bothy was John McFarlane – that’s Old Jock Farrell. Jeck Young was John Young who was married to Clem [Edeasil?]. Bothy was a salmon fishers bothy, and they had nets hangin up all along the shore there. I used to play in them, I discovered words I had never known when they caught me playin in the nets. My father went and complained to Jock Farrell, he said ‘Keep her away from my nets and she’ll no hear ma language.’

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