Sunday 16 January 2011

Dance Katie Beardie.

A friend has recently asked me "Why Katie Beardie?" 

In fact the original working title for the project was Mrs Mustard.

Aficionados of the works of the Beatles will know that Mean Mr Mustard is the song immediately before  Polythene Pam on the Abbey Road album.
The song immediately after is " She came in through the bathroom window" which is a bit of a mouthful. 
A boat should be female and never Mean hence Mrs Mustard. 
It was Cee Dubbs who coined the phrase Katie Beardie during the initial design consultation stage (the what?).
The type is therefore Katie Beardie,  the actual name of the boat, we'll just have to wait and see. 

For those not schooled from a gentle age by spinster teachers, dressed in thick tweed and stout brogues, here is the origin of the name. 

Katie Beardie had a coo
Black and white aboot the mou'
Wasnae that a dainty coo?
Dance, Katie Beardie.

Katie Beardie had a hen, 
Cackled but and cackled ben. 
Wasnae that a dainty hen? 
Dance, Katie Beardie.

Katie Beardie had a wean 
Widnae play oot in the rain. 
Wasnae that a dainty wean? 
Dance, Katle Beardie.

Katie Beardie had a cat, 
Sleek and sly and unco fat. 
Wasnae that a dainty cat? 
Dance, Katie Beardie.


doryman said...

"Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl..."
Sorry, got a little carried away there for a minute.
You fellows have a way with the silly rhyme. I can imagine a coo is a cow, a hen is a hen and a cat is a cat, but what in heaven is a wean?


Graham Neil said...

DoryMan I'm so glad you asked!

Wean is the colloquial name for a child in the west of Scotland. It derives from Wee Yin or Little One.
I actually come from the east of Scotland where the young offender will be addressed as The Bairn or Bairnie.


Lisa said...


Cute and lovely story. All the best.