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GUEST,Ewan McVicar Lyr Req: The World Must Be Coming to an End (12) RE: Lyr Req: The world must be coming to an end 19 Jun 04

It's on the brand new Lomax disc of 1951 recordings of Scottish Children's Songs, on Rounder, with more of a story to it. The kids who sing it omit the first verse
"I merrit me a wife, she's the plague o ma life" that Ritchie prints in his book, but they do sing
"Ah bought her a coffin, an she fell through the bottom,
Ah buried her in dirt and she jumped oot her shirt."
Plus I and other Scots songwriters in schools have made something like a hundred new verses with kids.
For example:
"We sent her for toothpaste, she fell over a loose lace.
She tried to cross the road and turned into a toad.
We sent her for a biscuit but she didny want tae risk it.
We sent her for a bun and she turned intae a nun.
We sent her for spaghetti and she came back wi a Yeti."
There are over 70 songs etc on the album, plus interviews with Ritchie, MacColl and Henderson, all in 1951. It was a serious pleasure top make it.

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