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Thread #80511   Message #1474170
Posted By: Scotus
29-Apr-05 - 08:42 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Why Should I (Jelks, et al.)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Why Should I (Jelks, et al.)
here you go Julie -

Why should I a brisk young lassie
Be forced to wed a feckless (feeble) auld man
Hoastin'(coughing) an hirplin'(limping) a lameter (crippled) body
I'll dee far raither than gie him ma han'

Kirk (church) or mercat (market)ay he follows me
Gapin', glowerin'(scowling) till I fain ban (curse)
Then at oor ingle-neuk (fire side)ilka (every) day haverin'(talk nonsense)
I'll dee far raither than gie him ma han'

A' ma freens are like tae deave (deafen) me
Boot (about) hoose and hame and siller and land
Deil tak the siller and land a' thegither
I'll dee far raither than gie him ma han'

My ain jo (sweetheart), he's young an bonnie
Though he's puir he's ay guid tae me
I'll hae nae man but ma ain dearest Johnny
And ne'er the auld man although I should dee


I've assumed you can work out the others which are closer to English. The language of the song is Scots, not Gaelic.

Jack Beck