Women of Dundee (Sheena Wellington) Now the men they werena lazy, but the work was hard tae find The Parish and the Means Test they'd to face, But a lassie"s hands are nimble, and a lassie's wage is sma So the women o Dundee worked in their place. Cho: And the wailin o the bummer and the clackin o the laims Brought the women o Dundee oot o their bed And they walked tae mills and factories And they rocht frae seevin tae fehv And the women kept the bairns o Dundee fed Now my mither an my granny an my aunties ain and a' Went tae the laims the day they left the skail They didna work for freedom, independence or the rest They jist worked tae get some kitchen tae their kail. Now the rhythm o their livin was the clackin o the laims Their youth an health an strength was lost tae jait But the weavers and the spinners and the winders o Dundee Had a spirit that the hard times never bait. Now you may boast a noble lineage and sing of your Highland clan And hail some gallant chief who shares your name But my line's as good as any and I'm very proud tae say It was fae a Dundee weaver that I came. Glossary; Werena - were not. Parish, Means Test - much hated forms of poor 'relief'. sma - small. Bummer - the mill horn which sounded at morning, midday & 5.30 laims - looms. Brocht- bought. rocht - worked. fae seevin tae fehv - from seven till five, a ten hour day. bairns - children. mither - mother. ain and a - one and all. skail - school. didna - didn't. jist - just. kitchen tae their kail - bread with broth, i.e. a bare living jait - jute. bait- beat. GP apr00
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