Peter Patter Ower the Watter
Peter Patter ower the watter,
In an egg-shell.
The egg-shell brook,
And Peter got a dook,
And a the men o Scotland
Cudna hale im oot.
Peter patter, owre the watter,
Barnfare, dinna yatter;
Puddin' wives in Paisley,
Gentlemen in Glesca.
Glesca and Partick Mills,
Carneaverock and Carneaverock hills;
The smiddy and the smiddy hills,
The cankert buddy o' Clover hills;
King kid, king kell,
Auchendruach in the fell,
The Goolie and the Gawkie.
(1) SC (1948), 172 (no. 323), from the North-East.
MacLennan SNR (1909), 16, has "In the watter", and 5-6
"An' cried to his Mammy, to come an' help him oot."
Rodger Lang Strang (1948), 15 [ower; rest as MacLennan].
[Cf. the phrase "Pitter patter, Haly watter" in
Chambers, from an old Catholic charm: 1847, 223; 1870,
73; the tale of "Whuppity Stoorie".]
(2) Rymour Club Misc. II (1912-19), 95, from Greenock,
learned in the 1850s from a Houston lady.