View Full Version : Scottish lullaby officially driving me crazy!

04-07-2012, 08:33 PM
Ok, I HAVE to find out the name, lyrics and origin of this Scottish lullaby. I used to sing it to ALL of my children when I'd rock them to sleep, but I learned it from my Scottish mother in law, from my first marriage.

The best hint I can give you is to write it phonetically. Here goes.

We just called it: "Shoo Dee Bah Bah"

Shoo dee bah bah my Danny Alec
Shoo dee bah bah my Danny boy
When daddy grows old and feeble and gray
Danny Alec will drive the horses
From Garve to Ullapool

I could always get my babies to sleep with this lullaby and I was trying to find the origin and official name of it. Otherwise I'm gonna go crazy.

Thanks for any help.

05-04-2012, 12:24 AM
Which part of Scotland was she from? Without hearing it, the song isn't ringing any bells with me, but if you narrow down the region it might help. Traditional music varies from area to area, with some songs simply the same tune with different lyrics, or tweaked versions of melodies from another area.

05-04-2012, 12:30 AM
She was from Glasgow and he was from Ullapool. Thanks for your help.

05-04-2012, 01:13 AM
While I'm listening to MP3s, you may want to check these out:

Ancient Ballads and Songs Of The North Of Scotland by Peter Buchan (1828)
Scottish Traditional Versions of Ancient Ballads by Peter Buchan (1845)

There's a two-volume version of the 1828 collection as well as the main edition, though I'm not sure if that contains extra songs which were cut for space.

05-05-2012, 09:15 AM
The Popular Songs and Melodies of Scotland (published 1900) doesn't have it. I'm wondering what the pentatonic is (something you could hum for us.)