Barnyards of Delgaty

"Barnyards of Delgaty" lyrics and music traditional

Performed by Marc Gunn
From: Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion

As I went down to Turra market,
Turra market for to fee
I fell in with a market farmer,
The barnyards of Delgaty

* Linten addie toorin addie,
Linten addie toorin ee
Linten lowrin lowrin lowrin,
The barnyards of Delgaty

He promised me the finest horse
That e'er I set my eyes upon
When I got to the barnyards,
T here was nothing there but skin and bone

As I went down to church on Sunday,
Many's the bonnie lass I see
Sitting by her mothers side,
Winkin' over the pews at me.

Now, I can drink and not get drunken,
I can fight and not be slain
I can court with another mans lass
And I'll be welcome to me ain

Now my candle is burnt oot,
My snotter's fairly on the wane
Fare ye well ye barnyards,
You'll not see me here again.

Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion

Chords: KEY G

[G C G D7-G]

[G]As I went down to [C]Turra [G]market,
Turra market [C]for to [D7]fee
[G]I fell in with a [C]market [G]farmer,
The barnyards of [C]Del-[D7]ga-[G]ty

[G]Linten addie [C]toorin [G]addie,
Linten addie [C]toorin [D7]ee
[G]Linten lowrin [C]lowrin [G]lowrin,
The barnyards of [C]Del-[D7]ga-[G]ty



This is a bothy ballad from Scotland. The bothy is the shed where the plowman slept. These plowmen would go to special fairs to find work. They didn't always have the best working conditions. This song tells of the struggles and dreams of a Scottish farm worker in Delgaty located in Aberdeenshire.

I parodied this song on my Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers CD. It's a song about my first cat called "Jasper Tabby Kitty Cat-y".


Barnyards of Delgaty Videos

from Purgatorre studio

from live performance in Oban, Scotland

from Celtfather Live St Patrick's Day show in 2016

from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion CD

from Irish Drinking Songs: The Cat Lover's Companion CD

parody from Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers CD




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