Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Crooket Horned Ewie

Scottish Song By John Skinner

The Crooket Horned Ewie (also known as The Ewie Wi' The Crookit Horn, The Ewe With The Crooked Horn, The Ewie Wi' The Crooked Horn, The Ewie Wi' The Crooket Horn and The Ewie With The Crooked Horn) is a song by John Skinner (1721-1807) believed to date from around 1780.

George Emmerson in 'Scotland Through Her Country Dances' tells us that "The Ewie wi' the Crookit Horn' is a euphemism for a whisky still".


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Crooket Horned Ewie

The Crooket Horned Ewie By John Skinner

Chorus
Oh, the yowie wi' the crookit horn
A' that kenned her could hae sworn
That sic a yowie ne'er was born
Here aboot or far awa'

'O were I able to rehearse,
My ewie's praisein proper verse,
I'd found it out as loud and fierce,
As ever piper's drone cou'd blaw.'

Chorus

She never threatened scab nor rot,
but keepit aye her ane jog trot,
Baith tae the fauld and tae the cot
was never sweir tae lead nor ca'.

Chorus

When ither ewies lap the dyke,
and ate the kail for a' the tyke,
My ewie never played the like
but stayed ahint the barnie wa'.

Chorus

But wad ye think for a' my keepin'
There came a nicken fen I was sleepin'
There came a nicken when I was sleepin'
And stole my yowie, horn an' a'

Chorus

Oh, gin I had the lad that did it
I haw sworn as weel as said it
Though the de'il himsel' they should forbid it
I would gie his neck a thraw

Chorus

She'd neither not carf nor keel
To mark upon her hip or heel
Her crookit horn it did as weel
To ken her o'er amang them a'

Chorus

The yowie wi' the crookit horn
The yowie wi' the crookit horn
My ewie wi' the crookit horn
Is ta'en frae me and sto'n awa'

Chorus


Cauld nor hunger never dang her,
Wind nor weet could never wrang her;
Ance she lay a week and langer
Out aneath a wreath o' snaw

Chorus

I looked aye at even for her,
Lest mishanter should come o'er her.
Or the foumart might devour her,
Gin the beastie bade awa.

Chorus


Yet, Monday last, for a' my keeping,
I canna speak o't without greeting,
A villain came when I was sleeping,
And staw my ewie, horn and a'.

Chorus


I sought her sair upon the morn,
And down 'aneath a buss o' thorn
I got my ewie's crooked horn,
But ah! my ewie was awa'.

Chorus


But gin I had the loon that did it,
I hae sworn as well as said it,
Though the Laird himsel' forbid it,
I wad gie his neck a thraw.

Chorus


O! had she dee'd o' crook or cauld,
As ewies do when they are auld,
It wadna been by mony fauld
Sae sair a heart to nane o's a'.

Chorus


For a' the claith that we hae worn,
Frae her and her's sae aften shorn,
The loss o' her we could hae borne,
Had fair strae death ta'en her awa'.

Chorus


The Crooket Horned Ewie Song Video

The Crooket Horned Ewie Song - Information Video
Crooket Horned Ewie Image
Crooket Horned Ewie c. 1894
The Black-Faced Scotch (Heather Sheep) Have Very Large And Spirally Twisted Horns


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