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Lyr Req: Jock and Tam

Alexander (Sandy) Wilkinson 28 Jan 97 - 10:15 AM
22 Dec 97 - 09:17 AM
Jon W. 22 Dec 97 - 12:26 PM
GUEST,999--BINGO 01 Jan 10 - 02:35 AM
GUEST,999 01 Jan 10 - 04:23 AM
Charley Noble 01 Jan 10 - 06:39 PM
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Subject: Jocky and Tammie went to sea.
From: Alexander (Sandy) Wilkinson
Date: 28 Jan 97 - 10:15 AM

This is a poem I heard last in Pittenweem (my home village on the East coast of Scotland). It starts;

Jocky and Tammie went to sea in a wee bit fishing boat,

And ends;

Haud on, haud on noo Jocky boy I think I see the shore.

Can anyone fill in the missing bit in the middle.


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Subject: Jock and Tammy went to sea.
Date: 22 Dec 97 - 09:17 AM

I asked this question some six months ago without success. I'm trying again.

"Jock and Tammie went to sea" is a poem not a song. It starts with;

Jock and Tammie went to Sea in a wee bit fishing boat.

The gist of it is that they run into a storm that gets steadily worse. It gets so bad that Jock starts praying to God that they get back to shore safely. He starts repenting all sins. It finishes with;

.......I'll even promise to drink no more, Hold on, Hold on there Jocky boy, I think I see the shore.

It's a hoot. Obviously I don't know the words in the middle. Can anyone help me out?


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Subject: RE: Jock and Tammy went to sea.
From: Jon W.
Date: 22 Dec 97 - 12:26 PM

No, but it reminds me of a joke or two:

A man is up on a steep roof nailing on shingles. He slips begins to slide down the roof. He says, "Lord, Lord, I won't booze and chase women no more if you'll just save me from falling off this roof." He stops sliding. Then he says, "Never mind, Lord, my pants got caught on a nail."

A man falls off a cliff and just barely catches a small tree growing out of the side. He's hanging on for dear life, 100 feet above the ground, and he starts praying, "God in Heaven, please help me." God speaks to him and says "Let go of the tree and you will be saved." The man looks up and says "Is there anyone else up there?"

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Subject: Lyr Add: JOCK N TAM
From: GUEST,999--BINGO
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 02:35 AM

Jock N Tam
Jock n Tam gede oot tae sea, in a wee bit sailing boat.
The day was fine, the weather calm, and danger seemed remote.
But hardly had they cleared the bay when things went a' agee.
In fact a sudden storm arose, and blew them out tae sea.

Fiercer and fiercer blew the blast, away went mast and sail,
But Jock undaunted took the oars, and Tam began tae bale.
They struggled at their hopeless task, till they could toil nae mair.
Said Jock in their extremity – "We'll try a wee bit prayer".

"Oh Lord," he said with clasped hands "If Thou will see us hame,
I promise that I'll mend my ways and Tam will dae the same,
We promise tae be kind to all, and faithful at our work
And every Sabbath, sure as fate, you'll find us in the kirk.

From gambling and from other sins we promise to abstain –
And DRINK in any shape or form, we'll never touch again!!!"
"Hold on, hold on," the other cried, above the storms loud roar,
"Take back that last yin, Tammy lad ----- I think I see the shore!"

Recited for years by Pat Wright, who learned it from his father ---
the actual origin of the poem is unknown.

That is from a google of

Hold on, i think I see the shore, jock, tammy

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From: GUEST,999
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 04:23 AM


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Subject: RE: Jock and Tammy went to sea.
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 06:39 PM

Nice to have this thread tidied up.

Chalk up another one for 999.

Charley Noble

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