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Ye Jacobites by Name

Title: Ye Jacobites by Name
First line: Ye Jacobites by Name
Performer: Kirsteen McCue
Source: SMM 371

This piece appeared in 1792 in the fourth volume of Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum,. Critics have noted the ambiguous tone of the lyric, which can be read from two perspectives, as either lamenting or lambasting the Jacobites. James Kinsley suggests that the song received only partial revision by Burns and was in effect an existing lyric, however his observations are inconclusive. The air, which Burns referred to as ‘Up, Black-nebs by Name, alias Ye Jacobites by Name,’ can be traced back to Thomas D’Urfey’s Wit and Mirth: or Pills to Purge Melancholy, published in 1719-20.

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Recorded at The Green Door studio in Glasgow, 2016 (engineer: Sam Smith).