Bonnie Lassie I'll Lie Near Ye

A trooper lad came here last night and (?) that he was weary
A trooper lad came here last night and the moon was shinin clearly

Refrain:
Bonnie lassie I'll lie near ye, bonnie lassie I'll lie near ye
I'll (?) ribbons (?) in the mornin ere I'll leave ye

She's taken the trooper by the hand and led him to her chamber
Gied him a sip o wine to drink and (?)

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And when will ye come back again, my English soldier laddie?
When will ye come back again and be the bairnie's daddy?

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She's taken up her petticoats and followed him up to Stirling
(?) she left (?)

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Johnny Lad

(?) in Edinburgh (?)
(?) to buy tobacco weed

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And be you and be you and be you my Johnny Lad
I'll dance the buckles off my shoen for you my Johnny Lad

As I was walkin Sunday (?) saw the Queen
A-playin at the football with the lads (?)

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The captain on the other side was scorin in great style
The Queen she called a policeman and had him thrown in jail

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Solomon (?) very wicked lies
O when (?)

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(?) Solomon (?)
Solomon wrote the proverbs and David wrote the psalms

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Now Samson was a mighty man, he fought wi a cunny's jaw
He fought (?) battles (?)

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The Queen was in the parlor (?)
The Duke was in the treasury (?)

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Napoleon was a emperor, he ruled oer land and sea
He ruled oer France and Germany, but (?)

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Now Johnny is a bonny lad, he is a lad o mine
I've never known a better lad and I've known twenty-nine

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You Won't Get Me Down in Your Mine

Refrain:
No you won't get me down underground in your mine
Away from the trees and the flowers so fine
Down in the dark where the sun never shines
No you won't get me down in your mine

They've worked underground for the most of their lives
Away from their children and away from their wives
To keep others rich in the heat and the dark
Ah but ()

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There's many a miner has died underground
Died all alone when the roof tumbled down
Snuffed out his life underneath those great beams
Or was buried ()

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I've worked in your factories, I've worked on your farms
Till all the muscles stood out on me arms
I've been in your factories, I've been out at sea
But by Christ you'll no make a coalminer o me

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Can't You Dance the Polka?

As I walked down Broadway one evening in July
I met a maid who asked my trade; a sailor John says I

Refrain:
And away Santy o my dear Annie
O you New York girls, can't you dance the polka?

To Tiffany's I took her, I did not mind expense
I bought her two gold earrings and they cost me fifty cents

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Says she, You lime-juice sailor, now see me home you may
But when we reached her cottage door she unto me did say

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My (?) he's a Yankee with his hair cut short behind
He wears a tarry jumper and he works the Blackball Line

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As I walked down Broadway one evening in July
I met a maid who asked my trade; a sailor John says I

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Weave and Spin

At the east end of town at the foot of the hill
There's a chimney so tall: it says Belfast Mill

There's no smoke at all comin out o the stack
Now the mill has shut down and it's never comin back

Refrain:
And the only tune I hear is the sound of the wind
As she blows through the town: Weave and spin, weave and spin

There's no children playin in the dark narrow streets
Now the mill has shut down it's so quiet I can't sleep

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Well I'm too old to work And I'm too young to die
Tell me where will I go now, my family and I?

The mill has shut down, it was the only place I know
Tell me where will I go, tell me where will I go?

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At the east end of town at the foot of the hill
There's a chimney so tall: it says Belfast Mill

There's no smoke at all comin out o the stack
Now the mill has shut down and it's never comin back

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As she blows through the town: Weave and spin, weave and spin


Maggie Blair

(?) country, from shore to shinin shore
(?) jungles in Lahor
(?) foreign places, there's none that can compare
Wi (?) she's my bonnie Maggie Blair

Refrain:
She's just a girl (?), she'll no tak nae advice
(?) your heid (?) punch your ticket twice
Her father's just a waster, her mother's on the game
She's just a girl (?), and I love her just the same

From the pyramids (?) to the mansions (?)
We (?) together (?)
(?) golden sands
And many's the happy hour we've had (?)

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Well (?) one night o romantic bliss
I said (?) and gies a (?) kiss
She didnae (?), she didnae like my charm
(?) she says, Come on! Get up!

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Well she (?), she drives me roon the bend
She sits every night in her old armchair, readin The People's Friend
(?)
And she goes to the bingo every night with her curlers in her hair

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Well things are a wee bit better now (?)
I (?)
Wi her wee black (?)
She's (?), she's ma bonnie Maggie Blair

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Sound the Pibroch

Well sound the pibroch loud and high
Frae John o Groats tae the Isle of Skye
Let (?) clan their slogan cry
Rise and follow Charlie

Refrain:
(?)
(?)
(?)
Rise and follow Charlie

(?)
(?)
(?) wi sword in hand
Tae fight for royal Charlie

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Frae every hill and every (?)
(?)
(?) dirks and (?) again
Hurrah for royal Charlie

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(?)
(?) clČadh mŪr clČadh mŪr
(?) nae more
They'd fight and die for Charlie

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No more we'll (?)
(?) each Highland glen
(?) men
Who fought and died for Charlie

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I will rise and follow, follow
I will rise and follow, follow
I will rise and follow o
I'll rise and follow Charlie


Coulter's Candy

Refrain:
Ally bally ally bally bee
Sittin on yer mammy's knee
Greetin for a wee bawbie
Tae buy some Coulter's candy

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Ally bally ally bally bee
When you grow up you'll go tae sea
Makkin pennies for yer mammy and me
Tae buy some Coulter's candy

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Mammy gies (?) doon
Here's aul Coulter comin roun
Wi his (?) on his croon
And sellin Coulter's candy

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Puir wee Jenny's lookin awfully thin
She's just a (?) o banes covered oer wi skin
And noo she's gettin a wee double chin
Frae suckin Coulter's candy

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Puir wee Annie's gittin (?)
(?) day
(?) penny (?)
Tae buy some Coulter's candy


Farewell Ye Colliery Workers

Refrain:
Farewell ye colliery workers, the muffler and the cap
Farewell ye Ronda valley girls, we never will come back
The mines they are a-closing, the valleys they're all doomed
There's no work in Llaronda, boys, we'll be in London soon

My father was a miner, his father was before him
They were always proud to say they worked below
But since (?) tax, and the lads all got the sack
So it's off to work in England they did go

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No more (?) singin, (?)
(?) mine
(?) and the population's droppin
I can't afford to stay here very long

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(?)
(?)
Well I can no longer wait while the Parliament debates
So a fond farewell I'll say to all of you

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Willy MacBride

Well how do ye do, young Willy MacBride
Do ye mind if I sit here down by your graveside?
Just rest for a while neath the warm summer sun
I've been walkin all day and I'm nearly done

Well I see by your gravestone you were only nineteen
When you joined the great fallen in 1916
Well I hope you died well and I hope you died clean
Or young Willy MacBride was it slow and obscene

Refrain:
Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife lowly
Did they sound the dead march as they lowered you down
Did the band play the Last Boston Chorus
Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

Did you leave a young wife or a sweetheart behind
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined
Although you died back in 1916
In some faithful heart are you forever nineteen?

Or are you a stranger without even a name
Enclosed there forever behind a glass frame
In an old photograph torn battered and stained
And faded to yellow in a brown leather case?

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Well the sun now it shines on the green fields of France
There's a warm summer breeze, it makes the red poppies dance
And look how the sun shines from under the clouds
There's no dark (?), there's no gun firing loud

But here in this graveyard it's still No Man's Land
The countless white crosses lie mute in the sand
To (?) man's blind indifference to his fellow man
And a whole generation that were butchered and slain

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Now young Willy MacBride, I can't help wondering why
Do those that lie here know why they did die?
And did they believe when they answered the call
Did they really believe that this war would end wars?

Well the sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain
the killing, the dying were all done in vain
For, young Willy MacBride, it all happened again
And again and again and again and again

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Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?


The Road tae Dundee

Cold winter was howlin oer (?) mountain
Dark was the surge o the deep rollin sea
When I met about daybreak a bonnie young lassie
Who asked me the road and the miles tae Dundee

Says I, Ma young lassie I canna well tell ye
The road and the distance I canna well (?)
But if ye'll come with me (?)
I'll show ye the road and the miles tae Dundee

At once she consented and gave me her (?)
(?) word did I speak (?) lassie
(?) like an angel in feature and form
(?) walked by my side on the road tae Dundee

At length (?)
The spires (?) view we could see
Then she said, (?) I can never forget ye
For showin me far on the road tae Dundee

Then I took a gold pin (?) my bosom
I said, Keep ye this in remembrance of me
Then bravely I kissed the sweet lips of the lassie
And I parted wi her on the road tae Dundee

So here's to the lassie, I neer (?) forget her
And ilka young laddie wha's listenin tae me
O never (?) a young lassie
(?) show her the road tae Dundee


Dumbarton's Drums

Refrain:
Dumbarton's drums they sound sae bonny
When they remind me o my Jeannie
Such fond delight can steal upon me
When Jeannie kneels and sings tae me

(?) hills (?) heather
(?) pleasure
A song of love that knows no measure
When Jeannie kneels and sings tae me

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(?) can delight me
As (?) me
And when her tender arms enfold me
The blackest night (?)

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When Jeannie kneels and kisses me


Whiskey in the Jar

As I was goin over the far Kilgarra mountains
I met with Captain Farrell and his money he was countin
I first produced my pistol, then my rapier
Sayin, Stand and deliver, for I am a bold deceiver

Refrain:
Musha ring dum a doo dum a da, whack fol the daddy o
Whack fol the daddy o, there's whiskey in the jar

I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny
I put it in my pocket and I gave it to me Jenny
She sighed and she swore that she never would deceive me
But the devil take the women you know they can't be easy

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I went up to me chamber to have a little slumber
I dreamt of gold and jewels and for sure it was no wonder
Jenny drew me charges, filled em up with water
And sent for Captain Farrell to be ready for the slaughter

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Twas early in the mornin, before I rose to travel
When I met with a band of footmen and likewise Captain Farrell
I fired off my pistols, I was mistaken
(?) water and a prisoner I was taken

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I think I'll find me brother, that's the one that's in Killarney
I don't know where he's stationed, either Cork or in Killarney
We'll go a-rovin in the mountains of Kilkenny
And he never will forsake me like my own forsaken Jenny

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There's some men take delight in the (?) and the bowlin
And others take delight in the carriages a-rollin
But I take delight in the juice of the barley
And courtin pretty colleens in the mornin bright and early

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Lord of the Dance

Well I danced in the mornin when the world begun
Danced with the moon and the stars and the sun
Came from the heaven and I lived on earth
(?) at my birth

Refrain:
Dance, dance, wherever you may be
I am the lord of the dance, said he
Now leap to the wall, wherever you may be
Leap to the wall in the dance, said he

(?) and the Pharisees
They wouldn't dance, that didn't bother me
(?) fishermen James and John
(?) and the dance went on

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I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame
(?) said it was a shame
(?) high
Left me there on the cross to die

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I danced on (?) and the sky (?)
(?) dance with the devil on me back
(?) my body (?)
I am the lord of the dance (?)

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Well (?) high
(?)
I live in you and you live in me
I am the lord of the dance, said he

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Side by Side

Well we got married on Friday
The vicar said it should have been my day
When we got home we were alone
Side by side

We got ready for bed then
She (?)
Her false teeth and hair she just laid on the chair
Side by side

Then to my amazement
Her little glass eye so small
She took it out and she cleaned it
Then she laid it on the (?) by the wall

Now my baby and me we are parted
We aint the same as when we started
(?)
Side by side


Read and Write

Refrain:
The ink is black, the page is white
Together we'll learn to read and write
Read and write

And now the child can understand
This is the law of all the land
All the land

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The slate is black, the chalk is white
The words stand out sae clear and bright
Sae clear and bright

And now at last we plainly see
The alphabet of liberty
Liberty

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The child is black, the child is white
The whole world looks upon the sight
Beautiful sight

And very well the whole world knows
This is the way that freedom grows
Freedom grows

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The world is black, the world is white
It turns by day and it turns by night
It turns by night

It turns so each and every one
Finds their station in the sun
In the sun

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Barrett's Privateers

O the year was 1778
I wish I was in Sherbrooke now
A drummer lad came from the king
To the scummiest vessel I've ever seen

Refrain:
Goddamn them all! I was told
We'd cruise the seas for American gold
We'll fire no gun, shed no tears
Now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier
The last of Barrett's privateers

Well old Sid Barrett he cried the town
I wish I was in Sherbrooke now
For twenty brave men (?) fishermen who
Would be for him the Antelope's crew

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Well the Antelope's sloop was a sickenin sight
I wish I was in Sherbrooke now
With a list to port and her sails in rags
And the cook in the scuppers with the staggers and jags

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On the 96th day we sailed away
I wish I was in Sherbrooke now
When a bloody great Yankee hove in sight
With our cracked four barrels we made them fight

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At length we stood two cables away
I wish I was in Sherbrooke now
Our cracked four barels made an awful din
When an American ball it stove us in

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Well here I am in my 23rd year
I wish I was in Sherbrooke now
It's six years since we've sailed away
And we just made Halifax yesterday

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?

Well the hills have all grown silent neath the flowry silken veil
The mewland streams lie frozen, see how winter tells its tale
(?) cold winter (?)
Leaves fill the trees, young birds sweetly sing
Bring thoughts of how I miss you

Refrain:
If I find a way and the time to return
Battered by the storms, blown by the wind
Will you still be there when the snow lies all around
And the leaves that once were green have turned to brown?

Winter sheds its blanket and then cold wind disappears
(?) flowers once more, though the snow was severe
(?) forest (?)
The changing seasons, such beauty in (?)
And thoughts of how I miss you

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Well the hills have all grown silent neath the flowry silken veil
The mewland streams lie frozen, see how winter tells its tale
(?) cold winter (?)
Leaves fill the trees, young birds sweetly sing
Bring thoughts of how I miss you

(Refrain)
And the leaves that once were green have turned to brown?


American Pie

(...)


Farewell to Nova Scotia

The sun was fading in the west
The birds were singing on every tree
All nature seemed inclinĖd to rest
But still there was no rest for me

Refrain:
So farewell to Nova Scotia your seabound coast
Let your mountains dark and dreary be
And when I am far awa, on the briny ocean tossed
Will you ever give a thought or a wish for me?

I grieve to leave my native home
I grieve to leave my comrades all
And my dear aged parents I love so well
And the bonnie bonnie lassie I do adore

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I have two brothers, they are at rest
Their arms lie folded on their breast
And the poor lonely sailor just like me
Must (?) on the deep blue sea

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O the drums do beat and the (?)
When the captain calls we must obey
So farewell farewell to Nova Scotia's shores
It's earlie in the mornin I am bound far away

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The Boxer

(...)


MacPherson's Rant

Fareweel ye dungeons dark and strang
Fareweel, fareweel tae ye
MacPherson's time will no be lang
On yonder gallows tree

Refrain:
Sae rantinly, sae wantonly,
And sae dauntinly gaed he
He played a tune and he danced aroon
Below the gallows tree

It was by a woman's treacherous hand
That I was condemned tae dee
She stood up in a windae ledge
And the blanket she threw oer me

(Refrain)

There's some come here tae see me hanged
And some tae buy my fiddle
But before that I will part wi her
I'll brak her through the middle

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Well, he took the fiddle intae baith o his hands
And he brak it oer a stane
Saying There's nae a chield in all Scotland
To play when I am gane

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The reprieve was comin oer the brig o Banff
Tae set MacPherson free
But they set the clock a quarter afore
They hanged him tae the tree

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The Irish Rover

In the year of Our Lord 1806
we set sail, from the cold quay of Cork
We were sailin away with a cargo of bricks
For the grand city hall in New York
We'd an elegant craft, she was rigged fore and aft
And O how the trade winds drove her
She had 23 masts and she stood several blasts
And they called her the Irish Rover

Refrain:
So fare thee well, my pretty little girl
For I must sail away
So fare thee well, my pretty little girl
For I must sail away

There was Johnny McGee from the banks o the Lee
There was Ronan from County Tyrone
There was (?) who was scared sick o work
And the chap from (?)
There was Slugger O'Toole who was drunk as a rule
And fine little Casey from Dover
And (?) McGann from the banks o the Bann
Was the skipper of the Irish Rover

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We had one million bags of the best Sligo rags
We had two million barrels of coal
We had three million bales of (?)
We had four million barrels of oil
We had five million hogs, six million dogs
And seven million barrels of porter
We had eight million (?) horses' hides
In the hold of the Irish Rover

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We had (?) when the measles broke out
And our ship lost its way in the fog
And the whole of the crew was reduced down to two
Twas myself and the captain's old dog
Then our ship struck a rock, Lord what a shock
I nearly tumbled over
We turned nine times around and the poor old dog was drowned
I'm the last o the Irish Rover

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