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Lassie, Lend Me Your Braw Hemp Heckle

TUNE: The Bob o' Dumblane

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

Lassie, Lend Me Your Braw
Hemp Heckle
1.
Lassie, lend me your braw hemp heckle,
And I'll lend you my thrippling-kame;
My heckle is broken, it canna be gotten,
And we'll gae dance the Bob o' Dumblane.
2.
Twa gaed to the wood, to the wood, to the wood,
Twa gaed to the wood - three cam hame;
An it be na weel bobbit, weel bobbit, weel bobbit,
An it be na weel bobbit, we'll bob it again.

(Note:- Hemp was a vegetable plant used to make
a strong rough fabric. A thrippling-kame, ripplin-comb
was used to separate the bolls of flax from the stems.
A hemp heckle, hemp comb was used to smooth the
hemp fibres. The term bobbit acctually means to curtsy
in an up and down motion; since two went to the woods
and three came back, I assume the couple produced a child;
I will leave it up to the reader's imagination what the
bobbit motion referred to.)

 

Girl, Lend Me Your Good
Hemp Comb

Girl, lend me your good hemp comb,
And I will lend you my ripplin-comb;
My comb is broken, it cannot be gotten,
And we will go dance the Bob of Dumblane.

Two went to the wood, to the wood, to the wood,
Two went to the wood - three came home;
And if it be not well bobbit, well bobbit, well bobbit,
And if it be not well bobbit, we will bob it again.

 

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