Dickie Macphalion

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From C.K. Sharpe's A Ballad Book, No. 14, 1824

I went to the mill, but the miller was gone,
I sat me down, and cried ochone!
To think on the days that are past and gone,
Of Dickie Macphalion that's slain.
Shoo, shoo, shoolaroon,
To think on the days that are past and gone,
Of Dickie Macphalion that's slain.
2. I sold my rock, I sold my reel,
And sae hae I my spinning wheel,
And a' to buy a cap of steel
For Dickie Macphalion that's slain!
Shoo, shoo, shoolaroon,
And a' to buy a cap of steel
For Dickie Macphalion that's slain.


A great favourite of Scott's, who heard it sung at Miss Edgeworth's, during his tour in Ireland (1825). One verse recurs in a Jacobite chant, probably of 1745-1760, but the bibliography of Jacobite songs is especially obscure. - from A Collection of Ballads by Andrew Lang

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