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The Tailor
TUNE: The Drummer

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation


1.
The tailor he cam here to sew,
And weel he kend the way to woo,
For ay he pree'd the lassie's mou',
As he gaed but and ben, O.
For weel he kend the way, O,
The way, O, the way, O!
For weel he kend the way, O,
The lassie's heart to win, O!
2.
The tailor rase and shook his duds,
The flaes they flew awa in cluds!
And them that stay'd gat fearfu' thuds -
The tailor prov'd a man, O!
For now it was the gloamin,
The gloamin, the gloamin!
For now it was the gloamin,
When a' the rest are gaun, O!



The tailor he came here to sew,
And well he knew the way to woo,
For always he tasted the girl's mouth,
As he went kitchen and parlour, O.
For well he knew the way, O,
The way, O, the way, O!
For well he knew the way, O,
The girl's heart to win, O!

The tailor rose and shook his clothes,
The fleas they flew away in clouds!
And them that stayed got fearful thuds -
The tailor proved a man, O!
For now it was the twilight,
The twilight, the twilight!
For now it was the twilight,
When all the rest are going, O!

 

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