Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Coulter's Candy

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

COULTER'S CANDY (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Barry Skelton Stepping Stones

1- 8 1s lead down the middle and back
9-16 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, 1s turn RH 1¼ times to Lady between 2s and Man between 3s facing up
17-24 2s+1s+3s Adv+Ret, 1s turn RH 1¼ times to 2nd place own sides
25-32 2s+1s+3s Adv+Ret and dance DoSiDo

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Dance Information

Coulter's Candy, also known as "Ally Bally", is a Scottish folk song, originating from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.
It was written by Robert Coltard (died 1890) as an advertising jingle for an aniseed-flavoured sweet, manufactured in Melrose. The recipe is no longer known, but the song lived on.

Ally bally, ally bally bee,
Sittin' on yer mammy's knee,
Greetin' for a wee bawbee, (crying) (a halfpenny)
Tae buy mair Coulter's candy. (to) (more)

Ally bally, ally bally bee,
When you grow up you'll go to sea,
Makin' pennies for your daddy and me,
Tae buy mair Coulter's Candy.

Mammy gie's ma thrifty doon, (give) (money box) (down)
Here's auld Coulter comin' roon', (old) (around)
Wi' a basket on his croon, (with) (crown/head)
Selling Coulter's Candy.

Coulter he's a affa funny man, (very)
He mak's his candy in a pan, (makes)
Awa an greet to yer ma, (away) (cry) (your)
Tae buy some Coulters candy. (to)

Little Annie's greetin' tae,
Sae whit can puir wee Mammy dae, (so) (what) (poor) (do)
But gie them a penny atween them twae, (between) (two)
Tae buy mair Coulter's Candy.

Puir wee Jeannie's lookin' affa thin, (poor) (awfully)
A rickle o' banes covered ower wi' skin, (heap) (bones) (over)
Noo she's gettin' a double chin, (now)
Wi' sookin' Coulter's Candy. (sucking)

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