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Annachie Gordon

Posted by shanoah on February 25, 2010

Actually, my main thought was that maybe George W was influenced in his speechmaking by having watched too much Batman. Ah well.

Anyways, Batman has Commissioner Gordon. And Scotland has a lovely song titled Annachie Gordon (or Auchanachie. Presumably Annachie is a simplified version of the name). Which otherwise has nothing to do with Batman. (Unless Commissioner Gordon’s first name is Auchanachie, but it seems doubtful. [1])

Like many ballads (a child ballad, in fact, I believe), it tells a story. There’s an interesting commentary here, but I’ll sort of sum up what is going on.

Jeannie is in love with Annachie Gordon, who is away at sea. Her father, as always in these things, is playing the villain, and is making her marry some rich git, Lord Saltoun. Even after being married to him, she refuses to sleep with her.

Her father then goes to the bedchamber with her, and tells her maid to remove Jeannie’s gown, intent on making her sleep with Lord Saltoun. (He obviously has issues. Especially since he previously called her a whore.) At that point, she dies of ‘a broken heart’.

Conveniently, Annachie gets back that day, finds out of Jeannie’s death, goes to her bedside, kisses her, then dies himself.

Beautiful song, though, and I’ve got a video here of the amazing Mary Black singing it. This song is very traditional; a few well known people have sung it. This is probably one of the best renditions, though. Only worksafe if no one notices the word ‘whore’ in the song. Which is quite possible; her voice is so amazing you can easily forget everything else…

[1] Though it would be hell of cool. Damn, why hasn’t anyone ever redone Batman with it taking place in Scotland?

2 Responses to “Annachie Gordon”

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  2. Abysseus said

    I found an updated rendition of this song, and in my opinion, a better one:

    For a version with better sound quality, go to The Unthanks MySpace:

    http://www.myspace.com/rachelunthank

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