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There's Nae Luck About the House

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There's Nae Luck About the House

cho: There's nae luck about the house
     There's nae luck at a';
     There's little pleasure in the house
     When my gude-man's awa'.

And are ye sure the news is true?
And are ye sure he's weel?
Is this a time to think o' wark
Ye gauds fling by your wheel!
  Is this a time to think o' wark
  When Collin's at the door?
  Rax me my cloak I'll to the quay
  And see him come ashore.

Rise up and mak a clean fireside
Put on the muckle pot;
Gie little Kate her cotton gown
And Jock his Sunday coat.
  And make their shoon as black as slaes
  Their stockings white as snaw;
  It's a' to pleasure our gudeman
  He likes to see them braw.

There are twa hens into the crib
Have fed this month and mair,
Make haste and thraw their necks about
That Collin weel may fare.
  Bring down to me my bigonet
  My bishop-satin gown,
  And then gae tell the Bailie's wife
  That Collin's come to town.

Sae sweet his voice, sae smooth his tongue
His breath's like caller air;
His very tread has music in't
As he comes up the stair.
  And will I see his face again
  And will I hear him speak?
  I'm downright dizzy wi' the joy
  In troth I'm like to greet.

From Minstrelsy of Scotland, Moffatt.
Note:  words  first  published in 1776, as  the  Mariner's  Wife.
There's  a  Jacobite  version of this (help,  anyone?)  with  the
chorus ending "Since Charlie's gone awa'" RG

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