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The Cooper O' Cuddy
TUNE: Bob at the bowster

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation



The Cooper O' Cuddy

Chorus
We'll hide the cooper behint the door,
Behint the door, behint the door,
We'll hide the cooper behint the door,
And cover him under a mawn, O.
1.
The Cooper o' Cuddy came here awa,
He ca'd the girrs out o'er us a',
An' our guidwife has gotten a ca',
That's anger'd the silly guidman, O.
2.
He sought them out, he sought them in,
Wi' ' Deil hae her!' an' ' Deil hae him!'
But the body he was sae doited and blin',
He wist na where he was gaun, O.
3.
They cooper'd at e'en, they cooper'd at morn,
Till our guidman has gotten the scorn:
On ilka brow she's planted a horn,
And swears that there they sall stan', O!

(Note:- A cooper was a person in the trade of
manufacturing barrels or vats from wooden staves,
which were bound together by iron hoops. The term
'girrs' in the first verse would translate in Scotland to
girds meaning hoops.)

 



The Cooper Of Cuddy

Chorus
We will hide the cooper behind the door,
Behind the door, behind the door,
We will hide the cooper behind the door,
And cover him under a hamper, O.

The Cooper of Cuddy came here about,
He knocked the hoops out over us all,
And our good wife has gotten a knock,
That has angered the silly husband, O.

He sought them out, he sought them in,
With ' Devil have her!' and ' Devil have him!'
But the creature he was so stupid and blind,
He was not where he was going, O.

They coopered at evening, they coopered at morning,
Till our husband has gotten the scorn:
On each brow she has planted a horn,
And swears that there they shall stand, O!


 

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