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THE CALTON WEAVERS
(Traditional)
(Ord's Bothy Song)

Im a weaver, a Calton weaver, 
Im a rash and a roving blade;
Ive got siller in my pouches,
Ill gang and follow the roving trade,
O Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey,
Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy O.

As I cam in by Glesca city,
Nancy Whiskey I chanced to smell, 
So I gaed in, sat doon beside her,
Seven lang years I loed her well;
O Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey,
Whiskey. Whiskey, Nancy O.

The mair I kissed her the mair I loed her, 
The mair I kissed the mair she smiled,
And I forgot ma mithers teaching, 
Nancy soon had me beguiled.
O Whiskey. etc.

I woke up early in the morning, 
To slake my drouth it was my need;
I tried to rise but I wasna able, 
For Nancy had me by the heid.
O Whiskey, etc.

"Cwa, landlady, whits the lawin ?
Tell me whit there is to pay ?"
"Fifteen shillings is the reckoning,
Pay me quickly and go away."
O Whiskey, etc.

As I went oot by Glesca city, 
Nancy Whiskey I chanced to smell
I gaed in, drank four and sixpence, 
At was left was a crooked scale.
O WhIskey. etc.

Ill gang back to the Calton weaving, 
Ill surely mak the shuttles fly;
For Ill mak mair at the Calton weaving 
Than ever I did in a roving wey.
O WhIskey, etc.

Come all ye weavers, Calton weavers, 
A ye weavers where eer ye be;
Beware of whiskey, Nancy Whiskey, 
Shell ruin you as she ruined me.
O Whiskey, etc.

 

 


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