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Thread #102348   Message #2073029
Posted By: chico
10-Jun-07 - 03:03 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Election Ballad of Westerhou' (Burns)
Subject: Origins: Election Ballad of Westerhou' (Burns)
What does this song mean? Who are johnstones? Me no get it.

The Laddies by the banks o' Nith
    Em                A
Wad trust his Grace wi a', Jamie;
But he'll sair them, as he sair'd the King
      G            D
Turn tail and rin awa', Jamie.

D                A
Up and waur them a', Jamie,
Up and waur them a';
    G                  D
The Johnstones hae the guidin o't,
    G               D
Ye turncoat Whigs, awa'!

The day he stude his country's friend,
Or gied her faes a claw, Jamie,
Or frae puir man a blessin wan,
That day the Duke ne'er saw, Jamie.

But wha is he, his country's boast
Like him there is na twa, Jamie;
There's no a callent tents the kye,
But kens o' Westerha', Jamie.

To end the wark, here's Whistlebirk,
Lang may his whistle blaw, Jamie;
And Maxwell true, o' sterling blue;
And we'll be Johnstones a', Jamie.