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Queer Folk o' the Shaws

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection

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Queer Folk o' the Shaws

"The Sequel To The Queer Folk O' The Shaws", a song preserved in a scrapbook entitled Old Glasgow Street Songs etc, 1850 which is held at the Mitchell Library.

This song tells of a Glasgow petty criminal's painful encounter at a horse racing meeting with the natives of "the 'Shaws" (Pollokshaws). The locals, often referred to by Glaswegians as the "Queer Folk," certainly didn't appreciate the visits of riff-raff from the big city. The song contains the warning: "If you want to lead a keelie life/Ne'er come out to the Shaws."

Reference: GC 398.5 GLA

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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