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She Play'd The Loon Or
She Was Married

TUNE: My wife's a wanton wee thing
(My wife is a wanton little thing)

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation



She Play'd The Loon Or
She Was Married


Chorus
My wife's a wanton wee thing,
My wife's a wanton wee thing,
My wife's a wanton wee thing,
She winna be guided by me.
1.
She play'd the loon or she was married,
She play'd the loon or she was married,
She play'd the loon or she was married,
She'll do it again or she die.
2.
She sell'd her coat and she drank it,
She sell'd her coat and she drank it,
She row'd hersel in a blanket, -
She winna be guided by me.
3.
She mind't na when I forbade her,
She mind't na when I forbade her,
I took a rung and I claw'd her,
And a braw gude bairn was she.

 



She Played The Strumpet Before
She Was Married


Chorus
My wife is a wanton little thing,
My wife is a wanton little thing,
My wife is a wanton little thing,
She will not be guided by me.

She played the strumpet before she was married,
She played the strumpet before she was married,
She played the strumpet before she was married,
She will do it again before she die.

She sold her coat and she drank it,
She sold her coat and she drank it,
She wrapped herself in a blanket, -
She would not be guided by me.

She considered it not when I forbade her,
She considered it not when I forbade her,
I took a stout stick and I thrashed her,
And a lovely good child was she.

 

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