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Jonathan Quick's Loch Lomond Question

Does anyone have an explanation I can give my singers as to the reason "me" and "my" are used at different times in the phrase "...ye and me true love..." and "...ye and my true love...?"
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on February 24, 2016 9:21am
Recommendation: sing "me and my true love" in both cases, wherever they occur. "Me", not "ye".
 
The explanation is simple: fake Scotticism, or illiteracy. The lyrics make no sense with either of those phrases. See Wikipedia.
 
I have seen the lyrics printed, and heard them sung, in many variants, from standard English to Lallans and even Doric, and I have never come across any deviation from "me and my true love".
 
If the puzzle is: why sometimes "me" and sometimes "my"?, I would assume that some careless editor has simply been inconsistent in spelling what is essentially the same word. It's usually written as "my" in this song. Scots speech is very diverse, so that different speakers say "my", "me", "mi", "ma" and so on. In written Scots, "my" is the usual spelling, and "ma" is also often used, but you very rarely find "me" (perhaps because it looks too much like a London accent).
on February 24, 2016 12:52pm
Thank you.  
on February 25, 2016 10:01am
It shouldn't be either; grammatically speaking, it should be "I and my true love" which is how I always sing it.
on February 25, 2016 3:43pm
Indeed, Chris, it should be "I and my true love" in standard English grammar, but whenever I hear people singing this spontaneously, it's "me and my true love". I defer to tradition, common usage, and printed editions. But you're right. I can't fault anybody who prefers "I and my true love".
on February 25, 2016 4:18pm
I do hope that's a joke!
on February 26, 2016 4:08am
Nope. I'm Scottish and grew up knowing the song. I prefer "I" also because it avoids the repetition of the "m" consonant in quick succession.
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