the song
title : The Calton weaver, or, Nancy Whisky
written by : traditional; arranged by Eddi Reader
song copyright : none

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader lead and backing vocals
with :
Roy Dodds drums, percussion, backing vocal?
John McCusker fiddle, backing vocal
Michael McGoldrick flute
Kevin McGuire double bass
and guest :
Charlie Bessa-Reader flight-case percussion
music
key : C major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 132
form : V C V C v V V C v C C C
lyrics

provided for research and private study only:

The Calton weaver, or, Nancy whisky

I’m a weaver, a Calton weaver
I’m a rash and a roving blade
I’ve got silver in my pooches and
I’ll gang and follow the roving trade

whisky, whisky, nancy whisky
whisky, whisky, nancy-o

as I come in by Glasgow city
nancy whisky I chanced to smell
I ga’d in and sat doon aside her
seven lang years I loved her well

whisky, whisky, nancy whisky
whisky, whisky, nancy-o
whisky, whisky, nancy whisky
whisky, whisky, nancy-o

– accordion has tune
oh

the mair I kissed her, the mair I loved her
the mair I loved her, the mair she smiled
till I forgot my mother’s teaching
nancy soon had me beguiled

so I’ll gang back to the Calton weaving
surely I’ll make them shuttles fly
I’ll make mair fae the Calton weaving
th’ ever I did in roving way

whisky, whisky, nancy whisky
whisky, whisky, nancy-o
whisky, whisky, nancy whisky
whisky, whisky, nancy-o

– accordion and flute have tune
oh

hmm, whisky, whisky, nancy whisky
whisky, whisky, nancy-o
no, no
whisky, whisky, nancy whisky
whisky, whisky, nancy-o

{whisky, whisky, nancy whisky
whisky, whisky, nancy-o
whisky, whisky, nancy whisky
whisky, whisky, nancy-o
}

{whisky, whisky, nancy whisky
whisky, whisky, nancy-o
whisky, whisky, nancy whisky
whisky, whisky, nancy-o
}

glossary
doondown
faefrom
ga’dwent
ganggo
langlong
mairmore
poochespockets

the recording
personnel
produced by : John McCusker
recorded by : Andy Seward at Pure Records Studio, Yorkshire, 2006;
possible additional recording at PawPaw Productions and Park Lane Studios, Glasgow;
additional engineering by Paul McGeechan and Keith Bird (at Park Lane?), Iain Graham (at PawPaw?) and Joe Rusby (at Pure?)
mixed by : Andy Seward assisted by John McCusker and Boo Hewerdine at Pure Records Studio, Yorkshire?
mastered by : Calum Malcolm in ?
technical
signal path : DDD
track timing : 7:40 (two songs)
3:04 (Japan); 3:01 (USA)
song timing : m:ss
song timing : 2:59
released on
album : Peacetime (UK) track 13 (second song)
album : Peacetime (Japan) track 15
album : Peacetime (USA) track 14