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Carl, An The King Come
TUNE: (As Title)

 

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

Carl, An The King Come

Chorus
Carl, an the King come,
Carl, an the King come,
Thou shalt dance, and I will sing,
Carl, an the King come!
1.
An somebodie were come again,
Then somebodie maun cross the main,
And every man shall hae his ain,
Carl, an the King come!
2.
I trow we swapped for the worse:
We gae the boot and better horse,
And that we'll tell them at the Cross,
Carl, an the King come!
3.
Coggie, an the King come,
Coggie, an the King come,
I'll be fou, and thou'se be toom,
Coggie, an the King come!

(Note:- The King and the (somebodie) somebody
in this poem refers to 'Bonie Prince Charles', when he
returned to Scotland to foster the 1745 rebellion, to
establish the Stuart line as the Kings of Scotland.)

Old Man, If The King Come(s)

Chorus
Old man, if the King comes,
Old man, if the King comes,
You shall dance, and I will sing,
Old man, if the King comes!

If somebody were come again,
Then somebody must cross the main (seas),
And every man shall have his own,
Old man, if the King comes!

I believe we swapped for the worse:
We gave the boot and better horse,
And that we will tell them at the Cross,
Old man, if the King comes!

Coggie (a dish of drink), if the King comes,
Coggie (a dish of drink), if the King comes,
I will be full (drunk), and you will be empty,
Coggie (a dish of drink), if the King comes!

 

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