Tibbie Fowler O’ The Glen strathspey

Also known as Sic A Wife As Willie’s Wife, Tibby Fowler O’ The Glen.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Tibbie Fowler O' The Glen has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: Tibbie Fowler O' The Glen
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
G<GG>A F>GAc |d>GG>A FDDD |G<GG>A F>GAc |d>GG>A FDDD |
fddB c/dcAA/ |fddf g>afd |c>dfg df>cA |BGGA FDDD |

Six comments

After I listened to a recording of the song by Andy M. Stewart I remembered that I had a score in a collection of Robert Burn’s poems. It is used there for "Sic a wife as Willie’s wife". I’d love to know what he’s singing there but my Scots is almost not existing and I couldn’t find the lyrics anywhere.

The mode is Bb-phrygian—speaking from a Renaissance background, would make D-phrygian for the modern age I guess (funny to translate "modes" amongst the ages =); there is no phrygian in the dropdown menu so I chose something absurd, that’s where the second K comes from.

Should not write late at night and then reaf my own words again. D-phrygian is D-phrygian….

Tibbie Fowler o’ the glen, there’s ower mony wooin’ at her
Tibbie Fowler o’ the glen, there’s ower mony wooin’ at her
Ten cam’ east and ten cam’ west and ten cam’ sailin’ ower the watter
Twa cam’ doon yon lang dyke side, there’s ower mony wooin’ at her

Chorus (after each verse):
Wooin’ at her, pu’in at her
Wantin’ her, canna get her
Silly elf, it’s for her pelf
A’ the lads are wooin’ at her

Seven but and seven ben, aye seven in the pantry wi’ her
Twenty heid aroon’ the door, there’s ower mony wooin’ at her
She’s got pendles in her lugs, aye cockle shells would set her better
High-heeled sheen wi’ siller tags and a’ the lads are wooin’ at her

Be a lassie ‘ere sae black o’ gin she hid the penny siller
Set her up on Tintock Tap, the wind will blaw a minnie ‘til her
Be a lassie ‘ere sae fair o’ gin she hid the penny siller
A flea would fell her in the air afore a man was even ‘til her

Tibbie Fowler o’ the glen, there’s ower mony wooin’ at her
Tibbie Fowler o’ the glen, there’s ower mony wooin’ at her

Many thanks for the lyrics and links!