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Glasgow Fair

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection

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Glasgow Fair

"Glasgow Fair On The Banks Of Clyde", a song preserved in a scrapbook entitled Old Glasgow Street Songs etc, 1850 which is held at the Mitchell Library.

The song describes a young Irishman's encounter with a beautiful Glaswegian girl. Despite her protests he continues to press his suit and she finally succumbs to his charms. She asks him to marry her, but his true intentions (or lack of them!) are revealed at the end of the song: "I promised to meet her there again, but I forgot, and crossed the Clyde."

Reference: GC 398.5 GLA

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

courting, folk songs, Glasgow Fair On The Banks Of Clyde, Irish, lyrics, Old Glasgow Street Songs etc, 1850, poetry, River Clyde, romance, seduction, street songs, winching

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