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Hairy Tatties
Peter Buchan
Read by
Peter D Wright

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                                    Bring me a ling fae the Viking Bank,
                                    A tusk fae the Patch or the Reef,
                                    Or catch me a cod on the Buchan coast
                                    An' I'll greet nae mair for beef.
                                    Steep her in saut for a three-fower days
                                    Then dry her slow in the sun
                                    In the month o' Mey, when the safter win's
                                    Bring the green growth up thro' the grun'.
                                    Bring me a bile o' the finest Pinks
                                    Fae a craft on Mormon's Braes,
                                    At the tail o' the hairst, when the first fite frost
                                    Tells a tale o' winter days.
                                    Peel them an' bile in a fine big pot
                                    Wi' my bonny fish in anither;
                                    Bree them baith when ye think they're richt,
                                    Then ye'll chap them baith the gither.
                                    A knottie o' butter an' a glaiss o' milk -
                                    Ye've a feast that's weel worth a Grace;
                                    Then waste nae a meenit as ye fill your speen
                                    An' stap it into your face.
                                    Bring me a tusk fae the Patch or the Reef -
                                    Fae the Viking Bank, a ling;
                                    Or catch me a cod on the Buchan coast
Then I ken I'll dine like a king.

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