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Lyr Req: The sodger wi' his bandoliers

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GUEST,Smiths 18 Sep 15 - 04:17 AM
Joe Offer 18 Sep 15 - 04:55 AM
Jim Brown 18 Sep 15 - 07:01 AM
GUEST 18 Sep 15 - 10:12 AM
GUEST,Allan Conn 18 Sep 15 - 03:02 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The sodger wi' his bandoliers
From: GUEST,Smiths
Date: 18 Sep 15 - 04:17 AM

Hiya

Does anyone know a song that goes

Oh, wae's me noo, o, wae's me noo
The sodger wi'his bandoliers has banged my belly fu'

I heard it on the radio ages ago and have probably been singing it wrong ever since. Terribly irritating to my husband, for all sorts of reasons.


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Subject: ADD: Wha'll Kiss Me Now? (Robert Burns)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Sep 15 - 04:55 AM

From Robert Burns, Burns' Merry Muses:

WHA'LL KISS ME NOW?

Tune—Coming- through the Rye.

O wha'll kiss me now, my jo,
And wha'll kiss me now ?
A sodger with his bandoliers
Has banged my belly fou.

O I hae tint my rosy cheek,
Likewise my waist sae sma' ;
O wae gae wi' the sodger loon,
The sodger did it a'.

For I maun thole the scornfu' sneer,
O' mony a saucy quean ;
When, curse upon her godly face,
Her whim's as merry's mine.

Our dame holds up her wanton tail,
As oft as she down lies;
And yet misca's a young thing,
The trade if she but tries.

Our dame has aye her ain guidman,
And mows for glutton greed :
And yet misca's a poor thing,
That wantons for its bread.

Alack, sae sweet a tree as love
Sae bitter fruit should bare !
Alas, that e'er a merry staff
Should draw so mony a tear!

But devil tak' the lousy loon,
Denies the bairn he got,
Or leaves the merry lass he loved,
To wear a ragged coat.

(attribution to Burns is not certain)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The sodger wi' his bandoliers
From: Jim Brown
Date: 18 Sep 15 - 07:01 AM

Here's another version with slightly stronger language (coyly hidden in 18th century style by missing out letters), from James Barke and Sydney Goodsir Smith's 1965 edition of The Merry Muses of Caledonia, originally printed in 1800. Judging by what's on YouTube, it looks as if this version is the one preferred by singers nowadays. As Joe says, attribution to Burns can't be proved, but a number of scholars seem to have considered it likely to be his work.

WHA'LL MOW ME NOW?
TUNE: Comin' thro' the rye

O, I hae tint my rosy cheek,
Likewise my waste sae sma';
O wae gae by the sodger lown,
The sodger did it a'.

O Wha'll m-w me now, my jo,
An' wha'll m-w me now:
A sodger wi' his bandileers
Has bang'd my belly fu'.

Now I maun thole the scornfu' sneer
O' mony a' saucy quine;
When, curse upon her godly face!
Her c--t's as merry's mine.

Our dame hauds up her wanton tail,
As due as she gaes lie;
An' yet misca's [a] young thing,
The trade if she but try.

Our dame can lae her ain gudeman,
An' m-w for glutton greed;
An' yet misca's a poor thing
That's m--n' for its bread.

Alake! sae sweet a tree as love,
Sic bitter fruit should bear!
Alake, that e'er a merry a--e,
Should draw a sa'tty tear.

But deevil damn the lousy loon,
Denies the bairn he got!
Or lea's the merry a--e he lo'ed
To wear a ragged coat!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The sodger wi' his bandoliers
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Sep 15 - 10:12 AM

Thanks everyone . Ooh that's rude. Wha'll mow me now is amusing though it mixes up the metaphor with the bandoliers no end.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The sodger wi' his bandoliers
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 18 Sep 15 - 03:02 PM

Hi Guest the song is in "The Merry Muses of Caledonia" which was a selection of bawdy songs which were either written or collected by Robert Burns. Jim's version is as Burns has with the song being "Wha'll Mow Me Now" which yes is who will have sex with me now that I'm pregnant. Joe's version is obviously taken from a later cleaned up version. Below is a clicky showing a selection of the said lyrics including this song. Some are much worse - for instance "Green Grow The Rashes" would make fans of that song and Leezie Lindsey blush....................

"An ken ye Leezie Lundie, O.
The godly Leezie Lundie, O,
She mowes like reek throu a' the week,
But finger fucks on Sunday, O"

http://www.robertburns.org.uk/Assets/Documents/merrymuses.PDF


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