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Twa Recruitin' Sergeants 1. Twa recruiting sergeants came fra the Black Watch Tae markets and fairs, some recruits for tae catch But a' that they 'listed was forty and twa: Enlist my bonnie laddie an' come awa Chorus: And it's over the mountain and over the main Through Gibralter, to France and Spain Pit a feather tae your bonnet, and a kilt aboon your knee Enlist my bonnie laddie and come awa with me. 2. Oh laddie ye dinna ken the danger that yer in If yer horses was to fleg, and yer owsen was to rin This greedy ole farmer, he wouldna pay yer fee Sae list my bonnie laddie and come awa wi' me 3. With your tattie porin's and yer meal and kale, Yer soor sowan' soorin's and yer ill-brewed ale, Yer buttermilk, yer whey, and yer breid fired raw Sae list my bonnie laddie and come awa 4. And its into the barn and out o' the byre This ole farmer, he thinks ye never tire It's slavery a' yer life, a life o' low degree Sae list my bonnie laddie and come awa with me 5. O laddie if ye've got a sweetheart an' a bairn, Ye'll easily get rid o' that ill-spun yarn Twa rattles o' the drum aye and that'll pay it a' Sae list my bonnie laddie and come awa. Aboon: above Tattie pourin's: water in which pototoes have been boiled. Soor sooin' sourin's: sowans, a dish made by steeping and fermenting the husks, seeds, or siftings of oats in water, then boiling; likely a poor substitute for beer. from Cilla Fisher and Artie Trezise Probably from Jeannie Robertson. MS DC
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