Beginners
Experts
Burns Supper
Top Features
Discussion Forum
Newsletter
Poems & Songs
The Letters
Federation
E- Membership
Schools
Contributions
Links
Search the Site
Scottish History
The Burns Shop

Translation
Index


Rattlin, Roarin Willie
TUNE: (As Title)

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

Rattlin, Roarin Willie
1.
O, rattlin, roarin Willie,
O, he held to the fair,
An' for to sell his fiddle
And to buy some other ware;
But parting wi' his fiddle,
The saut tear blin't his e'e -
And, rattlin, roarin Willie,
Ye're welcome hame to me!
2.
' O Willie, come sell your fiddle,
O, sell your fiddle sae fine!
O Willie come sell your fiddle
And buy a pint o' wine!'
' If I should sell my fiddle,
The warld would think I was mad;
For monie a rantin day
My fiddle and I hae had.'
3.
As I cam to Crochallan,
I cannily keekit ben,
Rattlin, roarin Willie
Was sitting at yon boord-en':
Sitting at yon boord-en',
And amang guid companie!
Rattlin, roarin Willie,
Ye're welcome hame to me.

 

Rattling, Roaring Willie

O, rattling, roaring Willie,
O, he held (went) to the fair,
And for to sell his fiddle
And to buy some other ware;
But parting with his fiddle,
The salt tear blinded his eye -
And, rattling, roaring Willie,
You are welcome home to me!

' O Willie, come sell your fiddle,
O, sell your fiddle so fine!
O Willie come sell your fiddle
And buy a pint o' wine!'
' If I should sell my fiddle,
The world would think I was mad;
For many a ranting day
My fiddle and I have had.'

As I came to Crochallan,
I quietly looked in,
Rattling, roaring Willie
Was sitting at yonder board-end:
Sitting at yonder board-end,
And among good company!
Rattling, roaring Willie,
You are welcome home to me.

 

2004 WBC. Under no circumstances can any  of the contents of this site be copied, reproduced,  or represented without prior written consent.