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O, Guid Ale Comes
TUNE: The Bottom Of The Punch Bowl

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

O, Guid Ale Comes
TUNE: The Bottom Of The Punch Bowl

Chorus
O, guid ale comes, and guid ale goes,
Guid ale gars me sell my hose,
Sell my hose, and pawn my shoon -
Guid ale keeps my heart aboon!
1.
I had sax owsen in a pleugh,
And they drew a' weel eneugh:
I sell'd them a' just ane by ane -
Guid ale keeps the heart aboon!
2.
Guid ale hauds me bare and busy,
Gars me moop wi' the servant hizzie,
Stand i' the stool when I hae dune -
Guid ale keeps the heart aboon!

(Note: Stand in the stool when I have censure,
means to sit on the ' cutty stool' in front of the
church congregation and admit to transgressions.
This was a form of moral censure used by the
elders of the church.)

 

O, Good Ale Comes

Chorus
O, good ale comes, and good ale goes,
Good ale makes me sell my hose (stockings),
Sell my hose, and pawn my shoes -
Good ale keeps my heart above (up)!

I had six oxen in a plough,
And they pulled all well enough:
I sold them all just one by one -
Good ale keeps the heart up!

Good ale keeps me bare and busy,
Makes me meddle with the servant girl,
Stand in the stool when I have censure -
Good ale keeps the heart up!

 

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