The Tannahill Weavers IV

by Tannahill Weavers

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Jock sent a letter tae Dunbar Sayin' Cherlie meet me gin ye daur It's I'll learn ye the erts o' war If ye meet me here in the morning Cherlie read the letter upon He drew his sword its scabbard from Sayin' follow me my merry men And we'll meet Johnny Cope in the morning Chorus: Hey Johnnie Cope are ye walking yet? And are your drums a-beating yet? If you were walking I would wait Tae gang tae the coals in the morning Come noo Johnnie be as good as your word And let us try baith fire and sword Dinnae flee like a frightened bird Thats gone frae its nest in the morning When Johnnie Cope he heard o' this He said tae himself it widnae be amiss Gin I saddle my horse in readiness Tae gang a flee in the morning Chorus Bye noo Johnnie get up and rin The heiland bagpipes mak a din Its better tae sleep wi' a hale skin It'll be a bloody morning When Johnnie Cope tae Dunbar came They speired at him, "where's a' your men?" The deil confound me I dinnae ken I left them a' in the morning Chorus Come noo Johnnie ye werenae plait Tae come wi' the news o' your ane defeat And leave your men in sic a state Sae early in the morning Wait quo' Johnnie I got sic' flegs Wi' their claymores and philabegs Gin I meet them again Deil brak' my legs I bid you all good morning Chorus
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A trooper lad came here ae night Wi' riding he was weary A trooper lad cam' here ae night When the moon shone bright and clearly She's taen the trooper by the haun And let him tae her chamber She's gied him cheese and wine tae drink And the wine it was like amber Chorus: Bonnie lassie I'll lie near ye noo Bonnie lassie I'll lie near ye I'll gar all yer ribbons reel In the morning e'er I leave ye She's made her bed baith lang and wide And made it like a lady She's taen her coatie ower her heid Saying trooper are ye ready Chorus They hadnae been but an 'oor in bed An 'oor and half a quarter When drums cam' beatin doon the street And every beat was shorter Chorus And when will you come back again My own dear soldier laddie And when will you come back again And be your bairnies daddy Bonnie lassie I maun leave ye noo Bonnie lassie I maun leave ye When heather bells grow cockle shells Then I'll come and see ye She's taen her coatie ower her heid And followed him up to Stirling She grew sae fu' she couldnae boo He left her in Dunfermline Chorus
3.
I once loved a lass, I loved her sae weel I hated all others that thought o' her ill But noo she's rewarded me weel for my love She has gone tae be wed tae another I saw my love into the church go Wi' bridegroom and brides maidens they made a fine show And I followed on wi' my heart fu' o' woe She was gone tae be wed tae another I saw my love sit doon tae dine I sat doon beside her and poured oot the wine I drank tae that lassie who should hae been mine Even though she was wed tae another Oh dig me my grave and dig it sae deep And cover me ower wi' flooers sae sweet It's I'll lay me doon and I'll tak' a lang sleep Aye and maybe in time I'll forget her
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We twa hae rin aboot the braes And pu'd the gowans fine We've wandered many's the weary step Since Auld Lang Syne We twa he paidled in the burn Frae morning sun till dine But seas between us brade he roared Since Auld Lang Syne Aye and surely you'll be your pint stoup And surely I'll be mine We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet For Auld Lang Syne So here's a hand my trusty frien' And here's a haud o' thine We'll drink a right guid wullie waught For the sake o' Auld Lang Syne For Auld Lang Syne my dear For Auld Lang Syne We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet For the sake o' Auld Lang Syne
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A beggar a beggar came ower the lea He was asking lodgings for charity He was asking lodgings for charity Would ye loo a beggar man Lassie wi' my tow row ray A beggar a beggar I'll ne'er loo again I had ae dochter and Jeannie was her name I had ae dochter and Jeannie was her name She's awa' wi' the beggar man Lassie wi' my tow row ray I'll bend my back and I'll boo my knee I'll put a black patch o'er my e'e And a beggar a beggar they'll tak me tae be And along wi yoo I'll gang Laddie wi' my tow row ray Oh lassie oh lassie you're far ower young And ye hinnae got the cant o' the beggin tongue And ye hinnae got the cant o' the beggin tongue And wi' me ye winnae gang Lassie wi' my tow row ray She's bent her back and she's boo'd her knee She's put a black patch o'er her e'e And she's kilted her skirts up abune her knee And awa' wi' him she's gan Laddie wi' my tow row ray Your dochter Jean's coming ower the lea She's takin' hame her bairnies three She has yin on her back aye and another on her knee And the other yin's toddlin' hame Lassie wi' my tow row ray
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The heather will fade and the bracken will die Streams will run cold and clear And the small birds they'll be going And it's then that you'll be knowing That the terror time is here Where will you go aye and what will ye dae Noo that the works a' done And the fermer doesnae need ye And the cooncil winnae heed ye And you're on the road again Woods give no shelter and the trees they are bare Snow's lying all around And the children they are crying For the bed on which they're lying Is frozen to the ground When you need the warmth of your own human kind You're no near a town and then The sight of you is offending The police they are sending And you're on the road again
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Oh Lass gin ye would think it richt Tae gang wi' me this very nicht And cuddle til the morning licht By a' the lave unseen oh And you shall be my dearie My ane my dearest dearie And you shall be my dearie Gin ye'll meet me at e'en oh I daurnae frae my mammy gae She locks the door and hides the key And morn and evening charges me And aye about the men oh She says they're a' deceivers Deceivers, deceivers She says they're a' deceivers Ye cannae trust tae ane oh Oh never mind your mammy's yell Nae doubt she met your dad hersel' And should she flyte you may her tell She's oft times done the same oh So lassie gies yer hand on't Your bonnie milk white hand on't So lassie gies yer hand on't And scorn tae lie your lane oh Alas my hand I cannae gie But aiblins I can steal the key And meet you at yon birkin tree That grows doon the glen oh But dinnae lippen laddie I cannae promise laddie So dinnae lippen laddie In case I cannae win oh So he's gone tae that birkin tree In hopes his true love there tae see When who cam' tripplin ower the lea But just his bonnie Jean oh And she's sat doon beside him Beside him beside him And she's sat doon beside him Upon the grass sae green oh
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released January 1, 1981

Roy Gullane - Guitar, Tenor Banjo, Vocals
Phil Smillie - Whistles, Flutes, Bodhran, Glockenspiel, Harp, Vocals
Alan MacLeod - Highland Bagpipes, Whistles, Mandola, Organ, Vocals
Les Wilson - Bouzouki, Mandolin, Guitar, Bass Pedals, Vocals

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