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The Deil's Awa Wi' Th' Exciseman

(Note: An Exciseman was a collector of excise taxes on certain home commodities and licences for certain trades.
They were generally not well liked by the population. )
TUNE: The Hemp-Dresser

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation



The Deil's Awa Wi' Th' Exciseman

Chorus
The Deil's awa, the Deil's awa,
The Deil's awa wi' th' Exciseman!
He's danc'd awa, he's danc'd awa,
He's danc'd awa wi' th' Exciseman!
1.
The Deil cam fiddlin thro' the town,
And danc'd awa wi' th' Exciseman!
And ilka wife cries: -'Auld Mahoun,
I wish ye luck o' the prize, man!
2.
' We'll mak our maut, and we'll brew our drink,
We'll laugh, sing, and rejoice, man,
And monie braw thanks to the meikle black Deil,
That danc'd awa wi' th' Exciseman!
3.
' There's threesome reels, there's foursome reels,
There's hornpipes and strathspeys, man,
But the ae best dance ere cam to the land
Was The Deil's Awa wi' th' Exciseman!'

 



The Devil Is Away With The Exciseman

Chorus
The Devil is away, the Devil is away,
The Devil is away with the Exciseman!
He has danced away, he has danced away,
He has danced away with the Exciseman!

The Devil came fiddling through the town,
And danced away with the Exciseman!
And every wife cries: -'Old Mahoun (Devil),
I wish you luck of (with) the prize, man!

' We will make our malt, and we will brew our drink,
We will laugh, sing, and rejoice, man,
And many good thanks to the big black Devil,
That danced away with the Exciseman!

' There is threesome reels, there is foursome reels,
There is hornpipes and strathspeys, man,
But the one best dance ever came to the land
Was The Devil Is Away with the Exciseman!'

 

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