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THE SPINNER'S WEDDING
Mary Brooksbank

The gaffer's looking worried,
The flett's a' in a steer,
Jessie Brodie's gettin' merried,
And the morn she'll no be here.
 
Chorus :
Hurrah, hurro, a daddie o,
Hurrah, herro, a daddie o,
Hurrah, hurro, a daddie o,
Jessie's gettin' merried o.
 
The helper and the piecer went
Doon the toon last nicht,
Tae buy a wee bit present
Tae mak' her hame look bricht.
 
They brocht a cheeny tea-set,
A chanty fu' o' saut,
A bonnie coloured carpet,
A kettle and a pot.
 
The shifters they're a' dancing,
The spinners singing tae,
The gaffer's standing watching,
But there's naething he can dae.
 
Here's best wishes tae ye, lassie,
Standing at yer spinning frame,
May ye aye hae full and plenty
In yer wee bit hame.
 
Ye'll no make muckle siller
Nae maitter hoo ye try,
But hoard ye love and loyalty,
That's what money canna buy
Footnote :  A Dundee song to mark the start of the 4th year of The Flag which has largely been compiled, week in, week out, thanks to the broad shoulders of Dundonian Jim Lynch. 'The Spinner's Wedding' started life as a poem by former Dundee jute mill worker Mary Brooksbank and appeared in her collection 'Sidlaw Breezes'.                

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