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Can Ye Sew Cushions? O Can ye sew cushions? And Can ye sew sheets? And can ye sing ba-la-loo When the bairn greets? cho: And hee and baw, birdie, hee and baw lamb Hee and baw birdie, my bonnie wee lamb. Hee, O, wee, O, what would I do wi' you? Black's the life that I lead wi' you! Mony o' you, little for to gie you Hee, O, wee, O, what would I do wi' you? I biggit the cradle all on the tree top And the wind it did blaw, and the cradle did rock. cho: Now hush-a-ba lambie, and hush-a-ba, dear Now hush-a-ba, lambie, thy minnie is here. cho: The wild wind is ravin', thy minnie's heart's sair; The wild wind is ravin', and you dinna care. cho: Sing ba-la-loo, lambie, sing ba-la-loo, dear, Does the wee lambie ken that his daddie's no here? cho: Ye're rockin' fu' sweetly upon my warm knee But your daddie's a-rockin' upon the saut sea. cho: Note: First printed in 1803 in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum. This version collected by Isla Cameron. RG
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