The Crooked Bawbee waltz

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Crooked Bawbee has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Crooked Bawbee
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G>B d g>f e|dAc c<B d|G>B d ceg|
B>c A/F/ G2D|B>A G G>B d|cde d<Bd|
gce d>GA|1 B>cA/F/ G2D:|2 B>c A/F/ G2G/A/||
|:B>A B c>B c|f>e d d<B G|
G>F G G>F G|B>A G A2G/A/|
B>A B c>B c|f>e d d<B G|
E>G G D>G G|1 F>G A/F/ G2G/A/:|2 F>G A/F/G2D||
X: 2
T: The Crooked Bawbee
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
M: 6/8
|:Ace agf|eBd dce|Ace dfa|cdB A3:|
|:A/c/e/a/g/a/ fed|d/B/d/f/e/d/ dce|c/A/c/e/c/A/ d/f/a/f/d/f/|cdB A3:|
|:cBA ABc|def ece|adf eAB|1 cBA B3:|2 cdB A3||
|:c/B/A/c/B/A/ ceA|a/d/f/a/g/a/ fef|a/d/f/a/g/a/ eAB|1 cBA B3:|2 cdB A3||

Five comments

The Crooked Bawbee

My mother used to sing a song to this melody,but I can’t remember the words or even the title.Does anyone know the song?

There is a song “The crooked bawbee” which I remember hearing too but not the words.

This tune appears on Kathryn Tickell’s ‘On Kielder Side’.

It says, in the notes, “The Crooked Bawbee is a very popular tune in Northumberland …. very well suited to the pipes.” - which implies that it is not actually a Northumbrian pipe tune.

Re: The Crooked Bawbee

"Oh! whar awa’ got ye that auld crookit penny?
For ane o’ bricht gowd wad ye niffer wi’ me?
Richt fu’ are baith ends o’ my green silken wallet,
An’ braw will yer hame be in bonnie Glen Shee."

"It’s oh! that I saw the dear laddie that had it,
Wha when we were bairnies twa gied it to me;
For a’ the bricht gowd in yet green silken wallet,
I never wad niffer my crookit bawbee."

"Oh! what awa’ got ye that auld worsted plaidie?
A mantle o’ satin were fitter for thee;
I wad cleed ye wi’ satin, an’ mak’ ye a lady,
Gin ye will gang wi’ me to bonnie Glen Shee."

"Ye may cleed me wi’ satin an’ mak’ me a lady
An tak’ me aft wi’ ye to bonnie Glen Shee;
But the heart that beats true ‘neath this auld worsted plaidie
Was gi’en him lang syne for his bawbee."

"Ye ken na’ the laddie that gied ye the penny,
Ye ken na’ the laddie wha’s true been to thee;
But I ken the Iassie that wears the auld plaidie,
The lassie that keepit my crookit bawbee."

"An’ ye are the laddie that gave me the penny,
The laddie I’ll Io’e till the day that I dee;
Ye may cleed me wi’ satin, an’ mak’ me a lady,
An’ I will gang wi’ ye to bonnie Glen Shee."

The Crooked Bawbee, X:2

Setting #2 is an instrumental/march version of the Crooked Bawbee, that you’ll often hear Pipe Bands play.