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Willie's Lyke​-​Wake

from The Speaking Heart by Lucy Pringle & Chris Wright

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The protagonist in this song resorts to playing dead as a ruse to seduce the woman he loves at his own wake (a ‘lyke’ being a corpse). Any young lad trying that kind of trick these days would likely be sued for emotional distress - but in the world of traditional ballads, it’s a tried and true method… Adam McNaughtan was recorded singing this ballad at a kitchen ceilidh by the School of Scottish Studies in 1980.

(SA1980.058, Roud 30, Greig-Duncan 4:843, Child 25)


from The Speaking Heart, released December 1, 2010
Trad. arr. Pringle/Wright [PRS-MCPS]


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