“Aiken Drum” (Roud 2571) is a popular Scottish individuals music and nursery rhyme, which most definitely has its origins in a Jacobite music regarding the Battle of Sheriffmuir (1715).
The album Traditional Scots Ballads (1961) by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger includes a recording of this music with the distinctive lyrics.
A mannequin of the music is included on the Folkways album A Folks Live performance in City Corridor, New York, recorded on January 1, 1959 and that features Oscar Model, Jean Ritchie and David Sear.
Well-liked Armenian-Canadian kids’s singer Raffi carried out a mannequin of the music, generally known as “Aikendrum”, on his album Singable Songs for the Very Younger (1976). Raffi’s mannequin of the music replaces the various meals with ones that may be additional acquainted to an American viewers: spaghetti for Aikendrum’s hair, meatballs for his eyes, cheese for his nostril, and pizza for his mouth. This mannequin was moreover the Barney & Pals mannequin.
The Scottish individuals group The Singing Kettle performs this music for kids in an interactive method by allowing the kids to find out the meals of which Aiken Drum is made. A mannequin is included on their CD Singalong Songs from Scotland, produced in 2003 for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
Aiken Drum could be the establish given by the Scottish poet William Nicholson to the brownie in his poem “The Brownie of Blednoch” (1825). Though this has led some folklorists to take a place that the music would possibly derive from older fairy legends, there isn’t a such factor as a proof of the establish getting used for a brownie earlier to Nicholson.
Sir Walter Scott in his novel The Antiquary (1816) refers to Aiken Drum in a story suggested by an earlier beggar regarding the origins of what has been perceived by the protagonist as a Roman fort. The beggar tells him that it was actually constructed by him and others for “auld Aiken Drum’s bridal” and that one among many masons reduce the type of a ladle into the stone as a joke on the bridegroom. The reference signifies that the rhyme, and notably the chorus, was correctly enough recognized throughout the early nineteenth century for the joke to be understood.
The rhyme was first printed by James Hogg in Jacobite Reliques in 1820, as a Jacobite music regarding the Battle of Sheriffmuir (1715):
Different variations of the music embrace the lyrics:
Trendy variations of the lyrics embrace: