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Hieland Laddie (4) There was a laddie cam' from Scotland Hielan'laddie, bonnie laddie Bonnie laddie from fair Scotland Me bonnie hielan' laddie, O cho: Way, hay an' away we go Hielan' laddie, bonnie laddie Way, hay an' away we bo Me bonnie hielan' laddie, O Where have ye been a' the day? Where have ye been a' the day? I did not see ye soon the glen I did not see ye near the burn. Nay, I wuz no doon the glen, Nay I was no near the burn. But I went to seek a road to fortune, Thought I'd fins a road to fortune. I joined a ship and went a-sailin' Sailed far north and went a-whalin'. Shipped far north on a Dundee whaler Shipped far north as a whalin' sailor. Bound away to Iceland cold Found much ice but not much gold. Greenland is a cold country Not the place for you and me. Thought it was the way to fortune But whalin's not the way to fortune. Wished meself in bonnie Scotland Back again in bonnie Scotland. We caught some whales and boiled their blubber Oil and fat choked every scupper. We'll soon be homeward bound to Scotland Homeward bound to bonnie Scotland. I'll be glad when I get hame I'll gie up the whalin' game. Oh, hielan' laddie went a sailin' Hielan' laddie went a-whalin'. Note: According to Hugill, this long version was a capstan shanty; as a halyard shanty, the chorus was dropped. Other versions use the same words as Donkey Riding (also see Donkey Riding), but keep only the first and second lines of each verse, interspersing "hielan' laddie, bonnie laddie" refrain. RG
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