I Hae Been At(In) Crookieden

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Il testo è un frammento di una ballata giacobita pubblicata in “Jacobite Relics”, 1810, così Hogg scrive”Is highly popular, and sung in many different ways. It appears, from the numberless copies I have got, that the song had been very short at first, and that parts had been added, now and then, by different hands, until some of the most common editions appear rather like a medley than a regular ballad. This set may be received as the most perfect, all the good verses being in it, and a kind of uniformity throughout. I have been told the song was originally composed by an itinerant ballad-singer, a man of great renown in that profession, ycleped ” mussel-mou’ed Charlie;”* and that while in his possession, it consisted only of four full stanzas, the two first, the first halves of the third and sixth, and the last verse, was made up of the last four lines of the sixth, and the following four:
2 bis. But a’ the whigs maun gang to hell,
Bonnie laddie, Highland laddie ;
That sang Charlie made himsel’,
Bonnie laddie, Highland laddie.
[*Si tratta di Charles Lesly (1687-1792), soprannominato “Mussel mou’d Charlie”]

Un paio di versi sono stati scritti da Robert Burns con intento satirico e pubblicati nello “Scots Musical Museum” Volume IV, 1792
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Where have you been all the day,
bonnie laddie, highland laddie
Saw ye him(1) that’s far away,
bonnie laddie, highland laddie
On his head a bonnet blue,
Tartan plaid and highland trews.
I ha’e been at Crookieden(2),
Watching Wullie(3) and his men,
There our foes that burnt and slew,
There at last they got their due,
Satan sits in yon black neuk,
Breaking sticks tae roast the duke,
The bluidie monster gied a yell,
Loud the lach gaed roon’ a’ Hell,
Geordie sits in Cherlie’s chair,
Had I my wish he’d no’ sit there,
Ne’er reflect on sorrows past,
Cherlie will be king at last,
1) il “Bel Carletto” il pretendente al trono di Scozia che, giovane e prestante nel suo abito tradizionale scozzese, riuscì ad esercitare un grande fascino sugli Highlanders!
2) “Crooked den”= Hell
3) Guglielmo Duca di Cumberland (1721-1765) il macellaio di Culloden è descritto come un mostro sanguinario che subisce la giusta punizione all’inferno
4) letteralmente”forte il riso correva per l’Inferno”

Contributed by Cattia Salto - 2015/9/11 - 23:11

Language: Italian

Versione italiana di Cattia Salto
Dove sei stato tutto il giorno
bel ragazzo delle Highland
A vederlo, lui che è così lontano
bel ragazzo delle Highland
Sulla sua testa un berretto blu
e indosso il tartan e i calzettoni delle Highlands?
Sono stato all’Inferno
a vedere Guglielmo e la sua armata,
dove i nostri nemici che incendiarono e uccisero,
finalmente hanno quello che si meritano.
Satana siede in un angolo oscuro
a rompere i pali per arrostire il Duca,
il mostro sanguinario gridò
e l’Inferno scoppiò a ridere(4).
Giorgio siede sul trono di Charly,
e se dipendesse da me egli ora starebbe là(5),
mai crogiolarsi nel dolore del passato,
Charly diventerà Re alla fine
4) letteralmente”forte il riso correva per l’Inferno”
5) non mi è ben chiara la frase: credo voglia dire che Giorgio dovrebbe stare all’inferno

Contributed by Cattia Salto - 2015/9/11 - 23:13

Language: English


per la traduzione in francese
I hae been at Crookieden(2) –
My bonie laddie, Highland laddie!(1)
Viewing Willie(3) and his men-
There our foes that burnt and slew –
There at last they gat their due –

Satan sits in his black neuk –
Breaking sticks to roast the Duke –
The bloody monster gae a yell –
And loud the laugh gaed round a’ Hell(4)-

Contributed by Cattia Salto - 2015/9/11 - 23:15

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