I've a Laddie in America I've a laddie in America, I've a laddie in Dundee-i-ee-i-ee, I've a laddie in Australia, And he's coming back to marry me-i-ee-i-ee. First he took me to America Then he took me to Dundee-i-ee-i-ee, Then he ran away and left me Wi' three bonnie bairnies on my knee-i-ee-i-ee. One was sitting by the fireside One was sitting on my knee-i-ee-i-ee One was sitting on the doorstep, Singing "Daddy, please come back tae me-i-ee-i-ee." ________________________________________________________ N. Buchan 101 SS (1962), 139, with music; a Glasgow skipping song. Recorded by Jean Redpath, Frae My Ain Countrie (1973), a skipping song from Fife; main differs: And I've anither/ And that's the ane that's gaun tae marry/ And then he took/ And then he ran/ One o' them/ Anither yin/ The third/ Cryin' "Daddy, Daddy, [etc.]". She notes that the tune derives from "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." Arthur Argo recorded a very similar version, to the tune There is a Tavern in the Town. Ray Fisher (recorded 1963) had another stanza: Noo I've a daddie in America,/ And anither in Dundee-I- ee-I-ee,/ And anither in Australia,/ And that's the one that's comin' back to me-I-ee-I-ee. Ritchie Golden City (1965), 125 (tune as Buchan/Redpath) with differs "sweetheart" and in st. 3, "on the table// standin' by the doorside". MS oct97
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