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DONALD MacGILLAVRY
Traditional

Donald's gane up the hill hard and hungry,
Donald comes down the hill wild and angry;
Donald will clear the gouk's nest cleverly,
Here's to the king and Donald Mcgillavry.
        Come like a weighbauk, Donald Macgillavry,
        Come like a weighbauk, Donald Macgillavry,
        Balance them fair, and balance them cleverly:
        Off wi' the counterfeit, Donald Macgillavry.

Donald's run o'er the hill but his tether, man,
As he were wud, or stang'd wi' an ether, man;
When he comes back, there's some will look merrily;
Here's to King James and Donald Macgillavry.
        Come like a weaver, Donald Macgillavry,
        Come like a weaver, Donald Macgillavry,
        Pack on your back, and elwand sae cleverly;
        Gie them full measure, my Donald Macgillavry.

Donald has foughten wi' rief and roguery;
Donald has dinner'd wi' banes and beggary,
Better it were for Whigs and Whiggery
Meeting the devil than Donald Macgillavry.
        Come like a tailor, Donald Macgillavry,
        Come like a tailor, Donald Macgillavry,
        Push about, in and out, thimble them cleverly,
        Here's to King James and Donald Macgillavry.

Donald's the callan that brooks nae tangleness;
Whigging and prigging and a' newfangleness,
They maun be gane: he winna be baukit man:
He maun hae justice, or faith he'll tak it, man.
        Come like a cobler, Donald Macgillavry,
        Come like a cobler, Donald Macgillavry;
        Beat them, and bore them, and lingel them cleverly,
        Up wi King James and Donald Macgillavry.

Donald was mumpit wi' mirds and mockery;
Donald was blinded wi' blads o' property;
Arles ran high, but makings were naething, man,
Lord, how Donald is flyting and fretting, man.
        Come like the devil, Donald Macgillavry,
        Come like the devil, Donald Macgillavry;
        Skelp them and scaud them that proved sae unbritherly,
        Up wi' King James and Donald Macgillavry.

Footnote : A Jacobite song to commemorate the Battle of Culloden on 16th April 1745. The song might refer to either the 1715 or 1745 Jacobite Rising; or perhaps the name Donald MacGillavry might just be used to denote Highlanders loyal to the Stewart Cause.

 

 


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