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Ca’ the Ewes to the knows

Title: Ca’ the Ewes to the Knows
First line: Ca’ the ewes to the knows,
Performer: Kirsteen McCue
Source: SMM 264

Burns refers to ‘Ca’ the Ewes to the Knows’ as ‘a beautiful song’ in ‘the old scotch taste, yet I do not know that ever air or words were in print before.’ It has been suggested that the composer Stephen Clarke took the song down from the singing of a clergyman, John Clunzie (1757 – 1819), in 1789.

Cf. Murray Pittock (ed.) The Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns Volume 3: The Scots Musical Museum, part two: Notes and appendices (Oxford: OUP, 2018), pp. 85-86.

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