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Thread #72950   Message #1264128
Posted By: DonMeixner
04-Sep-04 - 08:59 AM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Lads o' the Fair (Brian McNeill)
Subject: Lyr Add: LADS O' THE FAIR (Brian McNeill)
by Brian McNeill

Come bonnie lass, lie near me,
An let the brandy cheer ye
For the road frae Fife tae Falkirk's lang
An cauld an wet an weary
My trade it is the weavin'
In the bonnie toun o Leven
An we'll drink a health tae the farmers' dames
Wha'll buy our claith the morn.

You can see them aa, the lads o the fair
Lads frae the Forth an the Carron water
Workin lads an lads wi gear
Lads wha'd sell ye the provost's dochter
Sodjers back frae the German wars
Peddlers up frae the border
An lassies wi an eye for mair than the kye
At the trysting fair at Falkirk.

Come, Geordie, haud the pony,
For the path is steep an stony
An its three lang weeks frae the Isle o' Skye
An the beasts are thin an bony
We'll tak the last o the siller
An buy oursels a gill or two
An drink to the lads wha'll buy our kye
In Falkirk toun the morn

Staun hear an I'll show ye
There's the toun below ye
But we'd best bide here in the barn the nicht
For the nightwatch dinna know ye
My brother, he's a ploughman
An I'm for the feeing now, man
An we'll drink tae the price o the hairvest corn
In Falkirk toun the morn.

The wark o the weaver's over
Likewise the days o the drover
An the ploughboy sits on a tractor nou
Too high to see the clover
The warkin's no sae steady,
But the lads are aye still ready
Tae drink a health tae the working man
In Falkirk toun the morn.