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GUEST,T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird) Origin: Cock Up Your Beaver (Robert Burns?) (58* d) Lyr Add: COCK UP YOUR BEAVER (trad Scotland?) 23 Aug 00

David Herd, Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs, Heroic Ballads, etc. In two volumes, 1776, Vol 2, page 205:

"Cock up your Beaver"

When first my dear Johny came to this town,
he had a blue bonnet, it wanted the crown;
but now he has gotten a hat and a feather,
Hey, my Johny lad, cock up your beaver.
Cock up your beaver, cock up your beaver,
Hey, my Johny lad, cock up your beaver;
cock up your beaver, and cock it nae wrong,
we'll a' to England ere it be lang.

I like this pre-Burns version. I think Burns's modification of this is good, too.


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