the song
title : Dainty Davie
written by : Robert Burns (based on traditional elements)
arranged by : Eddi Reader and John McCusker
song copyright : none

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
with :
Ian Carr acoustic guitar
Phil Cunningham accordion, whistles
Roy Dodds cajon, percussion
John McCusker fiddle, whistles
Ewen Vernal double bass
music
key : B flat major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 113
form : i V C V C ½v V C v v V C C v v c′ vx
lyrics

Dainty Davie

now rosy May comes on wi’ flowers
to deck her gay green spreading bowers
now comes in the happy hours
wandering wi’ my Davie

o [lead] me on the warlock knowe
dainty Davie, dainty Davie
there I’ll spend the day wi’ you
my ain dear dainty Davie

the crystal waters round us flow
and merry birds are lovers a’
the scented breezes round us blow
wandering wi’ my Davie

o [lead] me on the warlock knowe
dainty Davie, dainty Davie
there I’ll spend the day wi’ you
my ain dear dainty Davie

– whistles solo

when purple morning starts the hare
to steal upon his earthly fare
then through the dews I will repair
to meet my ain dear Davie

o [lead] me on the warlock knowe
dainty Davie, dainty Davie
there I’ll spend the day wi’ you
my ain dear dainty Davie

– whistles solo

when day expirin’ in the west
the curtain draws o’er nature’s rest
I’ll flee to arms I love the best
that’s my ain dear Davie

o [lead] me on the warlock knowe
dainty Davie, dainty Davie
there I’ll spend the day wi’ you
my ain dear dainty Davie

o [lead] me on the warlock knowe
dainty Davie, dainty Davie
there I’ll spend the day wi’ you
my ain dear dainty Davie

– fiddle and accordion tune

glossary
ainown
wi’with
explanations

This text was originally published in the 1796 volume of The Scots musical museum (editor James Johnson):

Dainty Davie

Now rosy May comes in wi’ flowers,
  To deck her gay, green speading bowers;
And now comes in my happy hours,
  To wander wi’ my Davie.

Meet me on the warlock knowe,
  Dainty Davie, Dainty Davie;
There I’ll spend the day wi’ you,
  My ain dear dainty Davie.

The crystal waters round us fa’,
  The merry birds are lovers a’,
The scented breezes round us blaw,
  Awandering wi’ my Davie.

Meet me…

As purple morning starts the hare,
  To steal upon her early fare,
Then through the dews I will repair,
  To meet my faithfu’ Davie.

Meet me…

When day, expiring in the west,
  The curtain draws o’ Nature’s rest,
I’ll flee to his arms I lo’e the best,
  And that’s muy ain dear Davie.

Meet me on the warlock knowe,
  Bonie Davie, Dainty Davie;
There I’ll spend the day wi’ you,
  My ain dear dainty Davie.

source : No. 424 in Poems and songs of Robert Burns / edited by James Kinsley. – Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1968

additional glossary
a’all knowemound
ainown lo’elove
blawblow o’of
boniepretty, bonny warlock knowethe hill where witches and warlocks gather
fa’fall wi’with
faithfu’faithful

the recording
personnel
produced by : Eddi Reader
recorded by : Andy Seward at Pure Records, Yorkshire
mixed by : Mark Freegard at 3kyoti Studio
mastered by : Tim Young at Metropolis Studios, London?
technical
signal path : DDD
song timing : 5:22
released on
album : The songs of Robert Burns (deluxe edition) track 16   timing : 5:27

commentary
Recorded at the same sessions as the Peacetime album, but kept in the vaults until the ‘complete’ Burns release.
I’m sorry I have no idea exactly what Eddi is singing as the second word in each chorus: it should be ‘meet’, according to the 1796 Burns version, but to my ears it sounds as if she sings ‘lease’, which doesn’t really make sense. I have compromised by printing ‘lead’ in brackets. If you think you know the answer please contact me, thanks.
Adrian Dover