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John's Scottish Sing-Along


Johnnie Cope


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Sung by The Livingstone Trio

Cope sent a letter frae Dunbar
Sayin "Charlie meet me an' ye daur
An' I'll learn ye the airt o' war
If ye'll meet me in the morning."

Chorus
Hey! Johnnie Cope are ye waukin' yet?
Or are your drums a-beating yet?
If ye were waukin' I wad wait
Tae gang tae the coals in the morning.

When Charlie looked the letter upon
He drew his sword and scabbard from
Follow me, my merry men
And we'll meet Johnnie Cope in the morning.

Hey! Johnnie Cope are ye waukin' yet?
Or are your drums a-beating yet?
If ye were waukin' I wad wait
Tae gang tae the coals in the morning.

Come now Johnnie, be as good as your word
Come, let us try baith fire and sword
And dinna flee awa lik frichted bird
That's chased frae its nest in the morning.

Hey! Johnnie Cope are ye waukin' yet?
Or are your drums a-beating yet?
If ye were waukin' I wad wait
Tae gang tae the coals in the morning.

When Johnnie Cope he heard o' this
He thocht it wouldna be amiss
Tae hae a horse in readiness
Tae flee awa in the morning.

Hey! Johnnie Cope are ye waukin' yet?
Or are your drums a-beating yet?
If ye were waukin' I wad wait
Tae gang tae the coals in the morning.

When Johnnie Cope tae Dunbar came
They speired at him, "Where's a' your men?"
"The de'il confound me I dinna ken
I left them a' in the morning."

Hey! Johnnie Cope are ye waukin' yet?
Or are your drums a-beating yet?
If ye were waukin' I wad wait
Tae gang tae the coals in the morning.

"In faith, quo Johnnie, I got sic flegs
Wi' their claymores an' their philabegs
Gin I face them again, de'il brak ma legs
So I wish you a' good morning." (Chorus)


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