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JOHNNIE COPE
 Adam Skirving

                    Cope sent a letter frae Dunbar -
                    Charlie, meet me an' ye daur,
                    And I'll learn you the art o' war,
                    If you'll meet me in the morning.
 
                    Chorus;
                    Hey Johnnie Cope are ye waukin' yet?
                    Or are your drums a-beating yet?
                    If ye were waukin' I wad wait
                    To gang to the coals i' the morning.
 
                    When Charlie look'd the letter upon'
                    He drew his sword the scabbard from;
                    Come follow me, my merry merry men,
                    And we'll meet Johnnie Cope in the morning.
 
                    Now Johnnie, be as good's your word
                    Come let us try baith fire and sword;
                    And dinna flee away like a frighted bird,
                    That's chased frae its nest in the morning.
 
                    When Johnnie Cope he heard o' this,
                    He thought it wadna be amiss,
                    To hae a horse in readiness
                    To flee awa' in the morning.
 
                    Fy now, Johnnie get up and rin,
                    The Highland bagpipes mak' a din;
                    It is best to sleep in a hale skin
                    For 'twill be a bluidy morning.
 
                    When Johnnie Cope to Dunbar came,
                    They speir'd at him, Where's a' your men?
                    The deil confound me gin I ken,
                     For I left them a' i' the mornong.
 
                    Now, Johnnie troth ye are na blate,
                    To come wi, news o' your ain defeat,
                    And leave your men in sic a strait
                    Sae early in the morning.
 
                    Oh! faith quo' Johnnie, I got sic flegs,
                    Wi' their claymores and philabegs;
                    If I face them again, deil brak my legs -
                    So I wish you a gude morning.
 

Footnote : The Jacobite Army under Bonnie Prince Charlie routed Hanoverian forces commanded by Sir  John Cope at the Battle of Prestonpans on 21 September 1745 giving rise to this popular song.

 

 


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