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Long Barney

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection

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Long Barney

"Long Barney", a song which has been preserved in a scrapbook entitled Old Glasgow Street Songs etc, 1850 and held at the Mitchell Library.

The song about a formidable and violent Irishman who wooed a woman, thrashed his rival and won a pig, all in a fairground tent. "Said Barney I'll soon make you toddle, and hit him a crack on the noddle." John Thomson wrote the words and performed the song in the Jupiter, one of Glasgow's "singing saloons."

"Barney" was Glasgow slang for an Irishman.

Reference: GC 398.5 GLA

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

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