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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
Wad trust his Grace wi a', Jamie;
But he'll sair them, as he sair'd the King
Turn tail and rin awa', Jamie.
Up and waur them a', Jamie,
Up and waur them a';
The Johnstones hae the guidin o't,
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.