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Weel May the Keel Row As I came thro' Sandgate, Thro' Sandgate, thro' Sandgate, As I came thro' Sandgate, I heard a lassie sing: "O, weel may the keel row, The keel row, the keel row, O weel may the keel row That my laddie's in." "O wha's like my Johnnie, Sae leish, sae blithe, sae bonnie? He's foremost 'mang the mony Keel lads o' coaly Tyne; He'll set or row sae tightly Or, in the dance sae sprightly, He'll cut and shuffle slightly, 'Tis true, were he nae mine. He wears a blue bonnet, Blue bonnet, blue bonnet, He wears a blue bonnet A dimple in his chin. And weel may the keel row, The keel row, the keel row, And weel may the keel row That my laddie's in." Note: a keel is a boat; leish is lithe. The song was first published around 1770, and has been called the national anthem of the Tyne River. Recorded, many years ago, by Jo Stafford, also Ian Campbell Folk Group. RG
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