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Oh Whistle And I'll Come Tae Ye, My Lad

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OH WHISTLE AND I'LL COME TAE YE, MY LAD (J8x32) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 24

1- 8 1s and 3s cross RH to dance reel of 3 with 2s. (1s out and down, 2s in and up)
9-16 1s and 3s cross back RH to dance reels of 3 on own sides
17-24. 1s cast below 3s, meet, lead up and cast to 2nd place
25-32. 2s+1s+3s set and cross RH, set and cross back.

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


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The title of this dance, Oh Whistle And I'll Come Tae Ye, My Lad, comes from the two O, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad - Poems Robert Burns wrote to the tune of the same name (by John Bruce, a fiddle-player in Dumfries), the first written in 1787 for Johnson's Museum and the second written in 1793 for Thomson's collection.
O, whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad,
O, whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad,
Tho' father and mither and a' should gae mad,
O, whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad.

It is perhaps also noteworthy that O'Keefe introduced the air, "O, whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad" into his comic opera of "The Poor Soldier," acted at Covent Garden in 1783 and that "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" is the title a ghost story by British writer M. R. James, included in his collection of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), named after the poem by Robert Burns.

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O, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad
O, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad, From Glen Collection Of Printed Music, British Minstrel, And Musical And Literary Miscellany, Page 169, c. 1843-1845


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