Document 35

Kin Ye Mind?

Author(s): George Hynd

Copyright holder(s): George Hynd


Kin ye mind the days o long ago
When you were jist a boy
Those days fair fu' o happiness
A' filled wi mirth an joy

Kin ye mind o pickin' brambles
In a tin tae mak' some jam
Or fleein' doon the bing at breakneck speed
in a worn oot rickity pram

Kin ye mind o searchin' fur puddocks and taddies
Tae keep in a big sweetie jar
An pinchin' tatties oot o the fields
Tae roast on the gang hut fire

Kin ye mind o yer grannies tablet
Treacle toffee, an tattie scones
A sheeps heid bubblin' awa in the pot
An the soup made wi ham shank bones

Kin ye mind o gaun tae the Gala Day
Marchin' ahint the pipe band
Wi a tin cup roon yer neck, an a wee bag o buns
The happiest lad in the land

Kin ye mind o guddlin' fur troot in the burn
an climin' trees fur birds eggs
Pickin' an spittin' on docken leaves
Tae take nettle stings oot o yer legs

Kin ye mind o pinchin' aiples
Or sittin' shellin' green peas
An playin' at speedway on an auld wrecked bike
An comin' hame wi skint knees

Kin ye mind o days at the seaside
Runnin' aboot daft on the sand
Lookin' fur crabs under the stanes
Wi a bucket an spade in yer hand

Kin ye mind o birlin fire cans
Smoke gettin' in yer een
An wanderin' the streets wi lit up tumshies
Guisin' at Halloween

Kin ye mind o smokin' Cinnamon
Roon' the back o the sheds
An writin' yer name as ye peed in the snaw
Ah wiz ZORRO so ah jist din ZEDS

Kin ye mind o pabyin' at fitba
Wi a big leather ba' wi a lace
an lyin' on the ground flat on yer back
When it hit ye right smack on the face

If you kin mind o a' they things
Back in your memory
You must have been a normal kid
Jist the same as me

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Kin Ye Mind?


Text audience

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Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1995
Word count 338

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Author details

Author id 611
Forenames George
Surname Hynd
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment None
Age left school 15
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Plasterer
Place of birth Dunfermline
Region of birth Fife
Birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Bilston, Roslin
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's occupation Plasterer
Father's place of birth Kelty
Father's region of birth Fife
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Kelty
Mother's region of birth Fife
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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