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DAINTY DAVIE
Traditional

 
                                             It was and through the window broads.
                                             And all the tirliewirlies o'd;
                                            The sweetest kiss that e'er I got
                                            Was from my Dainty Davie.
 
                                            Chorus:
                                            O' leeze me on your curly pow,
                                            Dainty Davie, dainty Davie,
                                            Leeze me on your curly pow'
                                            My ain dainty Davie.
 
                                            It was down amang my daddy's pease,
                                            And underneath the cherry trees;
                                            O there he kist me as he pleased,
                                            For he was mine ain dear Davie.
 
                                            When he was chased by a dragoon,
                                            Into my bed he was laid doon,
                                            I thought him worthy o' his room,
                                            And he's aye my dainty Davie.
 
Footnote : The Rev David Williamson, who died in 1706, is said to be the original Dainty Davie. The song is based on an unauthenticated incident mentioned by Dean Swift; the story being that David Williamson, while fleeing from pursuing dragoons, took refuge in the bed of the daughter of the Laird of Cherrytrees. The haunted man obviously made good use of the occasion and afterwards married the young lady. Next week we will give the version of the song as collected by Scotland's National Bard, Robert Burns.

 


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