I've a laddie in America,
I've a laddie in Dundee-i-ee-i-ee,
I've a laddie in Australia,
And he's coming back to marry me-i-ee-i-ee.
First he took me to America
Then he took me to Dundee-i-ee-i-ee,
Then he ran away and left me
Wi' three bonnie bairnies on my knee-i-ee-i-ee.
One was sitting by the fireside
One was sitting on my knee-i-ee-i-ee
One was sitting on the doorstep,
Singing "Daddy, please come back tae me-i-ee-i-ee."
Footnote: A Glasgow
children's skipping song to a tune derived from "What a Friend We Have
in Jesus." Variants in word and tune can be found in other
parts of Scotland.