THE WARK O' THE WEAVERS
We're a' met thegither here tae
sit an' tae crack,
Wi' oor glesses in oor hands an'
oor wark upon oor back;
For there's nae a trade amang
them a' can either mend or mak',
Gin it qasna for the wark o' the
If it wasna for the weavers what
wad they do?
They wadna hae claith made oot
o' oor woo';
They wadna hae a coat, neither
black nor blue,
Gin it wasna for the wark o' the
There's some folk independent o'
ither tradesmen's wark,
For women need nae barber an'
dyker's need nae clerk;
But there's no ane o' them but
needs a coat an' a sark,
No, they canna want the wark o'
There's smiths an' there's
wrights and there's mason chiels an' a',
There's doctors an' there's
meenisters an' them that live by law,
An' oor freens that bide oot
ower the sea in Sooth America,
An' they a' need the wark o' the
Oor sodgers an' oor sailors, oh,
we mak' them a' bauld,
For gin they hadna claes, faith,
they couldna fecht for cauld;
The high an' low, the rich an'
puir - a'body young an' auld,
They a' need the wark o' the
So the weavin' is a trade that
never can fail,
Sae lang's we need ae cloot tae
haud anither hale,
Sae let us a' be merry ower a
bicker o' guid ale.
An' drink tae the health o' the
Footnote : This song by David Shaw of Forfar is a reminder of the
position in the Scottish community of weavers before the days of
manufactories. Weavers were, by and large, well self-educated and
radical in their opinions and support for parliamentary reform. Many,
such as Strathaven's James Wilson who suffered execution for his part in
the 1820 Rising, were active in the 'United Scotsmen'.