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Comin' Through the Rye Edit

Comin' Through the Rye is a poem written byRobert Burns (1759-1796).

O, Jenny's a' weet, poor body,
Jenny's seldom dry:
She draigl't a' her petticoatie,
Comin thro' the rye!

Chorus:
Comin thro' the rye, poor body,
Comin thro' the rye,
She draigl't a' her petticoatie,
Comin thro' the rye!

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the rye,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need a body cry?

(chorus)

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the glen,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need the warl' ken?

(chorus)

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the grain;
Gin a body kiss a body,
The thing's a body's ain.

(chorus)

Ev'ry Lassie has her laddie,
Nane, they say, have I,
Yet all the lads they smile on me,
When comin' thro' the rye.

"Comin' Through the Rye" provided the title of J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye. The main character, Holden Caulfield misheard the lyric, "Gin a body meet a body/ comin' through the rye." He thought it was, "Gin a body catch a body/ comin through the rye." He imagined a scene of a rye field on a cliff with little children playing in the field. He said when he's older, he wanted to stand on the edge of the cliff and keep the children from falling: he wanted to be a catcher in the rye.

 

Song retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comin%27_Through_the_Rye

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