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Wa Willie 1. A, wa, Willie! yer wamie rins oot, A, wa, Willie! yer wamie rins oot, Gie's a needle and threid, and a wee bittie cloot, To sew up the holie yer wamie rins oot. 2. Hey bonnie lassie, yer watter rins oot, Hey bonnie lassie yer watter rins oot; Gang get me a needle, a threid and a cloot, And I'll shew up the hole where yer watter rins oot. ________________________________________________________ (1) Rymour Club Misc. I (1906), 222, from Kirriemuir. (2) Coll. M.S. Kelowna, B.C., 1962; informant (aged about 72) learned it in Lanarkshire c. 1900. Tune, The Laird o' Cockpen, i.e. When she cam ben, she bobbit. Cf. a song in the Cunningham MS. (deriving from Burns' bawdy collection), as printed in Legman, The Horn Book (1964), 136: O wanton Willie yir wame rins out O wanton Willie &c. But ye'll get a needle an' I'll get a clout To clap on the hole that yir wame rins out. O wanton Willie yir wame rins out O wanton Willie &c. I'll haud up my pitcher to kep the spout That naething be tint when yir wame rins out. O wanton Willie yir wame rins out O wanton Willie &c. Just gie me a hotch an' I'll turn about An' cannily kep whan yir wame rins out. Indicated tune, Bonny Muir Hen, q.v., a version of The Tailor Fell Through the Bed, or Beware of the Ripples, the modern set of which goes to the song "Logie o' Buchan"; it is actually not unlike "The Laird o' Cockpen". MS
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