Monday, December 04, 2006

Why Leezy Lindsey?

When I started my blog, Blake told me that I had to name it. He said that all the "cool" blogs had names. I had a tough time thinking of a name because I must admit that I was a little insecure about having a blog. I had been reading several blogs for a few months but had never made any comments. I liked the idea of a blog but wasn't sure if I was ready to share my thoughts with the world. My creative juices weren't flowing and I couldn't think of anything to name my blog that would best describe me.

Enter Leezy Lindsey. Back when I was in high school, my brother and I decided to try and find songs with our names in them. Leezy Lindsey was the only song we found for me. It's an old Scottish folksong about a young man from a rich family who disguises himself as a poor Highlander and, while in Edinburgh, courts Lizie Lindsay. He gives a fictitious description of his family, his home, and so on, and introduces himself, asking Lizie to go to the Highlands with him. She is not excited to leave the town and the Lowlands to go with a stranger. Her serving-maid urges her to accept the offer and, finally, she does so. During the journey to the Highlands she begins to regret her decision. At the point where she is almost ready to turn back, they either arrive at his home or he takes her up a high hill to view the lands and property which she has gained through following him. Here are the lyrics:

Will ye gang tae the Hielands, Leezie Lindsay
Will ye gang tae the Hielands with me
Will ye gang tae the Hielands, Leezie Lindsay
My bride and my darlin' tae be

Tae gang tae the Hielands with you, sir
I don't see that ever could be
For I know not the land that you live in
Nor knowing the name you go with

Oh, lass, now I think you know little
When you say that you don't know me
For my name is Lord Ronald MacDonald
A chieftain of high degree

So she's kilted up her skirts of green satin
And she's kilted them up around her knee
And she's gone with Lord Ronald MacDonald
His bride and his darling tae be

Listen to the song here:


8 comments:

uncounted said...

Where's the link to listen! It sounds like a seriously interesting song mate. I have a thing for ballads, and this one is beautiful. It ain't so bad to be named Lindsey...look at the bright side...least you're not named Og.

Carlee said...

Lindsey,
I have often wondered how the Leezy came to be. That's very interesting. It's even more cool that your name is in a Scottish song because I love Scottish songs. In fact, I am currently taking lessons to play the uilleann pipes (basically bagpipes that have a softer sound) and the Irish whistle. Maybe I'll have to put this song to some pipes. :) I am going to have to find a song that my name is in.... :)

Angie said...

What a cool song! That is some story that's behind it. The only song I know that has my name is called "Angie" by the Rolling Stones. I've never actually heard it though....guess I'll have to listen to it now that you've inspired me!

Anonymous said...

I'm a bit partial to many things Scottish myself. Can't say all things Scottish. But really, haggis isn't all bad.

I don't know any songs off the top of my head with my name in them, other than references to the River Jordan. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot has my name in it. Does that count?

When should we get knittin'?

Jacki said...
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Jacki said...

Lindsey that is so sweet. Is that how you and Blake met? He posed as a poor man and then showed you the highlands that are now yours... that is just the most romantic story ever! You guys are great!

Leezy Lindsey said...

Jacki, if you call Orem the highlands, than yes! :)

Sara said...

Did he really have to pose at being a poor man? :)