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GUEST,AR Lyr Req: The Collier Lad (from Annie Cosgrove) (22) RE: Lyr Req: The Collier Lad- Annie Cosgrove 15 Feb 11


'The Collier Lad' - Annie Cosgrove (62), Recorded by Alan Lomax, Newtongrange, 1953 (Annie Cosgrove learnt the song at the age of 17 in Blantyre from a fellow miner's wife called Mrs MacConville)

Approximate transcription:

I wish that weel (?) the collier lad a face I ne'er had seen
Nor so often in his company that I had had a' been
Of all the sweethearts that I had, he's the one that I love best
And the mair he was a wee collier lad my heart lies in his breast

It was on last Sunday morning my love was gone to Mass
He had no thoughts of listing til a soldier he did pass
He had no thoughts of listing nor to go and serve the king
It was company enticed my love to drink of the ale so brown
And the money that they gave my love was a shilling and a half a crown

When I go to Erder Shore (?) I'll buy to thee a glass
And when I go to Portsmouth I'll sail it with my love
And when I go to Maryhill some pretty fair maids I will see
They may tig and toy and sport and joy but I'll always think of thee


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