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Mama Mercy's Peeny


Short Introduction

CHORUS
Mercy syne i' Michigan
Wad Sam i' Echteen-Feefty-wan
They sattl'd doon i' Nott-a-wa toon
Seen hid twa bairnies rinnin' roon
Fyles hubbie Sam he pleuch'd thur field
Mercy keuk'd, an' a-cair'd richt weil
Fer chiels an' chucks an' grunters sweel
An' deuks thit daff'd int peel

VERSE
Ay Mercy weert a peeny taps
Tae weil proteck a' oonder vraps
Frae jilpies oot o' loats beilin' pats
Creesh skailt frae aff weans' clorty plats
Thon wisnae ainly eese peeny wis gaen
Convainyent fer gizzen een o greetin wean
Oar howkin' wax frae oot thur lugs
Syne happin' them i' easedom hugs
.... Aye happin bairns wi' easedom hugs

CHORUS
Mercy syne i' Michigan
Wad Sam i' Echteen-Feefty-wan
They sattl'd doon i' Nott-a-wa toon
Seen hid twa bairnies rinnin' roon
Fyles hubbie Sam he pleuch'd thur field
Mercy keuk'd, an' a-cair'd richt weil
Fer chiels an' chucks an' grunters sweel
An' deuks thit daff'd int peel
..... An' deuks thit daff'd int peel

VERSE
Syne peeny heeld a' the caller aigs
Tae eat oar tae sell up i' the mairt
An' oany wee youkie fykey chucks
Brocht intae cot ingle's fer a waarmer stairt
Kinlin' wud lowse cairt'd i' peeny fer hairth
Autumn aipples thit hid fa'd doon tae airth
Fan vees'tors unexpeckit cam tae ca'
Peeny dicht'd dust awa an' a

CHORUS
Mercy syne i' Michigan
Wad Sam i' Echteen-Feefty-wan
They sattl'd doon i' Nott-a-wa toon
Seen hid twa bairnies rinnin' roon
Fyles hubbie Sam he pleuch'd thur field
Mercy keuk'd, an' a-cair'd richt weil
Fer chiels an' chucks an' grunters sweel
An' deuks thit daff'd i' the peel
...... An' deuks thit daff'd i' the peel

VERSE
Ay Mercy weert a peeny taps
Tae weil proteck a' oonder vraps
Frae jilpies oot o' loats beilin' pats
Creesh skailt frae aff weans' clorty plats
Thon wisnae ainly eese peeny wis gaen
Convainyent fer gizzen een o greetin wean
Oar howkin' wax frae oot thur lugs
Syne happin' them i' easedom hugs
.... Aye happin bairns wi' easedom hugs
........ Aye happin bairns wi' easedom hugs

FINAL CHORUS
Mercy syne i' Michigan
Wad Sam i' Echteen-Feefty-wan
They sattl'd doon i' Nott-a-wa toon
Seen hid twa bairnies rinnin' roon
Fyles hubbie Sam he pleuch'd thur field
Mercy keuk'd, an' a-cair'd richt weil
Fer chiels an' chucks an' grunters sweel
An' deuks thit daff'd i' the peel
..... An' deuks thit daff'd i' the peel

Peeny, it wis sae sae winnerfu ....
...... Naithin' wull e're nar cam baet it

[Words composed by John on 23rd March, 2005]


IN ENGLISH

Mother Mercy's Apron

CHORUS
Mercy there in Michigan
Wed Sam in 1851
They settled down in Nottawa town
Soon had two children running round
While husband Sam he ploughed their field
Mercy cooked and cared right well
For kids and chicks and pig's swill
And ducks that flirted in the pool
CHORUS
Mercy syne i' Michigan
Wad Sam i' Echteen-Feefty-wan
They sattl'd doon i' Nott-a-wa toon
Seen hid twa bairnies rinnin' roon
Fyles hubbie Sam he pleuch'd thur field
Mercy keuk'd, an' a-cair'd richt weil
Fer chiels an' chucks an' grunters sweel
An' deuks thit daff'd i' the peel
...... An' deuks thit daff'd i' the peel


VERSE
Yes, Mercy wore an apron on top
To well protect all her under clothes
From spashes out of lots of boiling pots
Grease spilt from off kids dirty plates
That wasn't the only use the apron was given
Convenient for drying eyes of crying child
Or digging out wax from their ears
Then covering them in comfort hugs
VERSE
Ay Mercy weert a peeny taps
Tae weil proteck a' oonder vraps
Frae jilpies oot o' loats beilin' pats
Creesh skailt frae aff weans' clorty plats
Thon wisnae ainly eese peeny wis gaen
Convainyent fer gizzen een o greetin wean
Oar howkin' wax frae oot thur lugs
Syne happin' them i' easedom hugs
.... Aye happin bairns wi' easedom hugs
........ Aye happin bairns wi' easedom hugs


VERSE
Sometimes that apron held all the fresh eggs
To eat or to sell up in the market
And any small itchy fussy chicks
Brought into the cottage fireside for a warmer start
Kindling wood loosely carried in the apron for the hearth
Autumn apples that had fallen down to earth
When unexpected visitors came to call
The apron wiped away the dust as well
VERSE
Syne peeny heeld a' the caller aigs
Tae eat oar tae sell up i' the mairt
An' oany wee youkie fykey chucks
Brocht intae cot ingle's fer a waarmer stairt
Kinlin' wud lowse cairt'd i' peeny fer hairth
Autumn aipples thit hid fa'd doon tae airth
Fan vees'tors unexpeckit cam tae ca'
Peeny dicht'd dust awa an' a

THE APRON IT WAS SO SO WONDERFUL
NOTHING WILL EVER COME NEAR TO BEATING IT
Peeny, it wis sae sae winnerfu ....
...... Naithin' wull e're nar cam baet it

[Words TRANSLATED by John on 23rd March, 2005]


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