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THE RED YO YO
Matt McGinn

Wee Ann took her Yo-Yo, tae school she did go, though
She shouldnae hae ta'en it at a'.
It fell frae her haun' and it rolled on the grun',
And it went through a hole in the wa’.

Chorus
Did ye find a red Yo-Yo, red Yo-Yo, red Yo-Yo,
Did ye find a red Yo-Yo wi a wee yellow string?

The daring young Annie, she went tae the Janny,
A decent wee man as a rule.
It's pleasing to tell that he rang on his bell,
And he asked every wean in the school.

The weans left their pencils and papers and stencils
Tae knock on the doors all aroon';
And as they were rapping and ringing and chapping,
They asked a' the folk o' the toon.

The polis soon learned and they were concerned;
They left a' their murders aside.
The whole of the force was alerted of course,
And they went on the telly and cried.

All over the country, the common and gentry
Were watching their big T.V. screens.
Things really got gaun' some when President Johnson
Received an appeal frae the Queen.

The wires were tremblin' when he 'phoned the Kremlin
Tae ask aboot Annie's Yo-Yo.
But Kosygin agreed with the greatest of speed,
‘Sio phonyo orchen strativichen,' (whatever it means).

In Peking and Paris and a' roon' the Barras,
The people they searched high and low,
Till finally Annie announced that her Granny
Had bought her another Yo-Yo.

Final Chorus
And it was a red Yo-Yo, red Yo-Yo, red Yo-Yo,
It was a red Yo-Yo wi’ a wee yellow string.

Footnote:  We celebrate the 80th anniversary of the birth of the byous, songwriter, folksinger and entertainer, the late Matt McGinn with perhaps his best known song.

 

 


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