Reel of Bogie (2)

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REEL OF BOGIE [2], THE. Scottish, Reel. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The “Reels of Bogie” in Robert Burns’ song (Merry Muses of Caledonia, 1798, No. 158) were a euphemism for fornication:

The lads ne’er think it is amiss,
To bang the holes whereout they piss,
And that’s the reels o’ Bogie.
[Gordon Williams: Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature, 1994]

Preston (Preston’s Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1794). Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; p. 47.


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