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The Boy in the Train
by Mrs M C Smith

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M C Edgar was the daughter of the minister at Burn's one-time parish of Mauchline in Ayrshire. She was born in Kirkcudbrightshire, and moved to Dulwich in London when she married.

Whit wey does the engine say Toot-toot? 
Is it feart to gang in the tunnel?
Whit wey is the furnace no pit oot 
When the rain gangs doon the funnel?
Whatíll I hae for my tea the nicht? 
A herriní, or maybe a haddie?
Has Graníma gotten electric licht? 
Is the next stop Kirkcaddy?

Thereís a hoodie-craw on yon turnip-raw! 
Aní sea-gulls! ó sax or seeven.
Iíll no faí oot oí the windae, Maw, 
Itís sneckit, as sure as Iím leeviní.
Weíre into the tunnel! weíre aí in the dark! 
But dinna be frichtit, Daddy,
Weíll sune be cominí to Beveridge Park, 
And the next stopís Kirkcaddy!

Is yon the mune I see in the sky? 
Itís awfuí wee aní curly.
See! thereís a coo and a cauf ootbye, 
Aní a lassie puíiní a hurly!
Heís chackit the tickets and gien them back, 
Sae gie me my ain yin, Daddy.
Lift doon the bag frae the luggage rack, 
For the next stopís Kirkcaddy!

Thereís a gey wheen boats at the harbour mouí, 
And eh! dae ye see the cruisers?
The cinnamon drop I was sookiní the noo 
Has tummelt aní stuck tae ma troosers
Iíll sune be ringiní ma Granímaís bell, 
Sheíll cry, ĎCome ben, my laddie.í
For I ken myselí by the queer-like smell 
That the next stopís Kirkcaddy!í

Kirkcaldy was famous for its linoleum factories which left a distinctive smell along the Fife coast. The locals were sensitive about it.

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