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Band O' Shearers

Band O’ Shearers – Traditional

Oh summer days and heather bells
Come blooming o’er yon high high hills
There’s yellow corn in all the fields
and the autumn brings the shearin’

Chorus
Bonnie lassie will ye gang
And shear wi’ me the whole day lang
And love will cheer us as we gang
To join yon band o’ shearers

And if the weather be or hot
I’ll cast my cravat and my coat
And shear wi’ ye among the lot
When we gang to join the shearin’

And if the thistle be o’er strang
And pierce your lily milk white hand
It’s wi my hook I’ll cut them down
When we gang to join the shearin’

Chorus

And if the weather be o’er dry
They’ll say there’s love ‘tween you and I
But we will proudly pass them by
When we gang to join the shearin’

When the shearin’ it is done
And slowly sets the evenin’ sun
We’ll have some rantin’ roarin’ fun
And gang nae more to the shearin’

Bonnie lassie, bricht and fair
Will ye be mine forever maire
If ye’ll be mine then I’ll be thine
And we’ll gang nae more to the shearin’

Chorus

 
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1. Band o' Shearers
The Muses  

The Briar and the Rose

The Briar and The Rose – Tom Waits

I fell asleep down by the stream
And there I had the strangest dream
And down by Brennan’s Glenn there grows
The briar and the rose

There’s a tree in the forest
But I don’t know where
I built a nest out of your hair
And climbing up into the air
The briar and the rose

I don’t know how long it has been
But I was born in Brennan’s Glenn
And near the end of spring there grows
The briar and the rose

I picked the rose one early morn
I pricked my finger on a thorn
It had grown so close
Entwining round
The briar around the rose

I tried to tear them both apart
I found a bullet through my heart
And all dressed up in spring’s new clothes
The briar and the rose

And when I’m buried in my grave
Tell me so I will know
The tears will fall
To make love grow
The briar and the rose

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2. 02 The Briar and the Rose
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Leatherwing Bat

Leatherwing Bat – Traditional

“Hi” said the little leatherwing bat
“I’ll tell you the reason that
The reason that I fly by night
Because I lost my heart’s delight”

Chorus
Howdy dowdy diddle um day
Howdy dowdy diddle um day
Howdy dowdy diddle um day
Hey dee lee dee lie dee lo

“Hi” said the owl in the dead of night
“A lonesome day and a lonesome night
Thought I heard a pretty girl say
Court all night and sleep all day”

Chorus

“Hi” said the woodpecker sittin’ on a bench
“Once I courted a handsome wench
She got scared and from me fled
Ever since then I’ve dressed in red”

Chorus

“Hi” said the black bird sittin’ on a chair
“Once I courted a lady fair
She got fickle and turned her back
Ever since then I’ve dressed in black”

Chorus

“Hi” said the little turtledove
“I’ll tell you how to win your love
Court her night and court her day
Never give her a chance to say you nay”
Chorus

“Hi” said the blue bird as he flew
“If I had a young wife I’d need two
If one got tired and wanted to go
I’d have a new string for my bow”

Chorus

“Hi’” said the jay bird sittin’ in the tree
“When I was a young man I had three
Two got saucy and then took flight
The one that’s left don’t treat me right”

Chorus

 
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3. 03 Leatherwing Bat
The Muses  

Gypsy Hawk

Gypsy Hawk – Matthew Gurnsey

All in the Highlands first I spied her
And her eye, ‘twas sparklin’ clear
As the brook sings o’er with laughter
So does my gypsy lady dear

Chorus
O’er hill and glen she ever wanders
And will as far as time can see
Like a hawk that’s soaring onward
Is my own gypsy lady

Come away with me she once invited
We’ll dance as though all life were June
On beds of flowers and these green pastures
Under the full sweet golden moon

Chorus

Betwixt the firelight and soft moon beams
Her blackest tresses shine and glow
Mischevious eyes and smile they both gleam
As she beckons me follow

Chorus

But I had my Inn to tend to
And the autumn drawing nigh
Though my heart will ever follow
Away from me this Hawk did fly

Chorus

O’er hill and glen I her did follow
For my lonely heart did pine
In Autumn’s pure gold I found her
There told her true, my heart is thine

O’er hill and glen we walk together
And will as far as time can see
Like all hawks that mate forever
I’ve found my hawk and she has me

Now with winter’s cold around us
Safe and warm near our firelight
My gypsy lass is here to soothe me
And in my arms I’ll hold her tight

O’er hill and glen we walk together
And will as far as time can see
Like all hawks that mate forever
My Gypsy Hawk truly has me

 
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4. 04 Gypsy Hawk
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Mingulay Boat Song

Mingulay Boat Song – Hugh S. Roberton

Chorus
Heel ya ho, boys; let her go, boys;
Bring her head round, into the weather,
Hill you ho, boys, let her go, boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay
What care we though, white the Minch is?
What care we for wind or weather?
Let her go boys; every inch is
Sailing homeward to Mingulay.

Chorus

Wives are waiting, by the pier head,
Or looking seaward, from the heather;
Pull her round, boys, then you’ll anchor
‘Ere the sun sets on Mingulay.

Chorus

Ships return now, heavy laden
Mothers holdin’ bairns a-cryin’
They’ll return, though, when the sun sets
They’ll return to Mingulay.

Chorus

 
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5. 05 Mingulay Boat Song
The Muses  

Nonesuch

Nonesuch – Traditional
And she shall bring the birds in the spring
And dance among the flowers
In summers heat her kisses are sweet
She sings in leafy bowers

She cuts the grain and harvests the corn
As the fruits of fall surround her
In winter’s cold as she grows old
She pulls her cloak around her

 
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6. 06 Nonesuch
The Muses  

Wild Mountain Thyme

Wild Moutain Thyme – Traditional – last verse Doug Kondjiolka

Oh the summer time is comin’
And the trees are sweetly bloomin’
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the bloomin’ heather
Will ye go lassie go

I will build my love a bower
By yon pure and crystal fountain
And around it I will pile
All the flowers of the mountain
Chorus
Will ye go lassie go
And we’ll all go together
To pluck wild mountain thyme
Grows around the bloomin’ heather
Will ye go lassie go

I will range through the wild
And the deep glens so dreary
And return with my spoils
To the bower of my deary
Will ye go lassie go

I will build my love a shelter
By yon cool clear mountain stream
And my love will be the fairest
That the summer sun has seen

Chorus

I will if my true love, she were gone
I will surely find another
Where the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the bloomin’ heather
Will ye go lassie go

Oh The Autumn time is comin’
And the leaves are brightly flamin’
And the wild mountain thyme
Casts its seeds among the heather

Chorus

 
Lyrics

7. Wild Mountain Thyme
The Muses  

Ramblin' Rover

Ramblin’ Rover – Andy M. Stewart

Chorus
There are sober men and plenty and drunkards barely twenty
There are men of over ninety who have never yet kissed a girl
But give me a ramblin’ rover, frae Orkney down to Dover
We will roam the country over and together we’ll face the world

There are many who feign enjoyment from merciless employment
There envision was this deployment from the minute they left the school
And they save and scrape and ponder while the rest go out and squander
See the world and rove and wander and we’re happier as a rule

Chorus

I have been through out our nation seen the light in all creation
I’ve enjoyed the wee sensation when the company did prove kind
And when partin’ was no pleasure, I drank another measure
With the good friends that we treasure for they always are in our minds

Chorus

When you’re bent up with arthritis, your bowels have got colitis
You’ve got gallopin’ bollacitis and you’re thinkin’ it’s time you die
If you’ve been a man of action, as you’re lyin’ there in traction
You can gain some satisfaction thinking “Jesus at least I’ve tried!”

Chorus

 
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8. 08 Ramblin' Rover
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9. 09 Road To Lisdoonvarna_Swallowtail Jig
The Muses  

Tramps and Hawkers

Tramps and Hawkers – Traditional

Oh come all ye tramps and hawker lads and gatherers o’ bra’
That tramps the country round and round come listen one an a’
I’ll tell to you a rovin’ tale and sights that I hae’ seen
All up into the snowy north and south by Gretna Green

I hae’ seen the high Ben Nevis a towerin’ twar’ the moon
I’ve been by Crief and Calender and round by bonnie Doon
And by the Nethy’s silvery tides and places I’ll tae ken
Far up into the snowy north lies Urquhart’s bonnie glen

Oft times I’ve launched into myself when I’m a trudgin’ the road
Wi’ a bag o’ blah upon my back my face as broon as a toad
Wi’ lumps o cake and tattie scones and cheese and braxty ham
Nae thinkin’ where I’m comin’ frae, nor where I’m goin’ to gang

I’m happy in the summertime beneath the bricht blue sky
Nae thinkin’ in the mornin’ at nicht where I will lie
Barns or byres or anywhere or out among the hay
And if the weather doth permit, I’m happy every day

Oh Loch Catherine and Loch Lomond have a been seen by me
The Dee the Dun the Deveron that flows into the sea
Dun Robin castle by the way, I nearly had forgot
And any rickles cairn marks the house o’ John O’ Groat

I hae been around by Galowa’ and doon about Straneer
My business lead a me anywhere, sure I travel near and far
I’ve got a rovin’ notion, there’s nothin’ what I loss
And all my day’s my daily fare and what’ll pay my dross

I think I’ll go tae Paddy’s land I’m makin’ up my mind
For Scotland’s greatly altered now sure I canna raise the win’
But I will trust in providence should providence prove true
And I will sing of Erin’s Isle when I come back to you.

Oh come all ye tramps and hawker lads and gatherers o’ bra’
That tramps the country round and round come listen one an a’
I’ll tell to you a rovin’ tale and sights that I hae’ seen
All up into the snowy north and south by Gretna Green

 
Lyrics

10. 10 Tramps And Hawkers
The Muses  

Whiskey You’re the Devil

Whiskey You’re the Devil – Traditional

Chorus
Oh whiskey you’re the devil
You’re leadin’ me astray
Over hills and mountains and to Amerikay
You’re sweeter stronger decent-er
You’re spunkier than tae
Oh whiskey you’re my darling’ drunk or sober

Now the boys are on for marching off to Portugal and Spain
Drums are beating, banner’s flying the devil at home we’ll find tonight
And love, fare thee well
With me tiddly im a tiddly im a da, me tiddly im a tiddly im a da
Me right fal al the laddie oh there’s whiskey in the jar

Chorus

Says the mother “Do not wrong me do not take me daughter from me
For if you do I will torment you and after death my ghost will haunt you”
And love, fare thee well
With me tiddly im a tiddly im a da, me tiddly im a tiddly im a da
Me right fal al the laddie oh there’s whiskey in the jar

Chorus

Now the boys are fightin’ boldly the men are dying hot and coldy
Give every man his flask of powder his firelock on his shoulder
And love, fare thee well
With me tiddly im a tiddly im a da, me tiddly im a tiddly im a da
Me right fal al the laddie oh there’s whiskey in the jar

Chorus

 
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11. 11 Whiskey Your The Devil
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Health to the Company

Health to the Company – Traditional/2nd and 5th verses by Tanya Brody, 3rd verse by Matthew Gurnsey

Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme
Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine
Let us drink and be merry all grief to refrain
For we may and might never all meet here again.

Here’s a health to the company and one to my lass
Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let us drink and be merry all grief to refrain
For we may and might never all meet here again

Here’s a health to the handsome lad that I love so well
For style and for grace there is none can excel
There’s a smile upon his countenance as I sit upon his knee
Sure there’s no place in this wide world that I’d rather be

Here’s a health to the company and one to my lass
Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let us drink and be merry all grief to refrain
For we may and might never all meet here again

Here’s a health to the bonnie lass that’s sittin’ wi’ me
I’ll be singing her many praises while I’m out on the sea
And when she sees my tattered mainsail comin’ over the brine
She will run to my waiting arms, she’ll always be mine.
Here’s a health to the company and one to my lass
Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let us drink and be merry all grief to refrain
For we may and might never all meet here again

My ship lies at anchor she is ready to dock
I wish her safe landing without any shock
And if ever we should meet again by land or by sea
I will always remember your kindness to me

Here’s a health to the company and one to my lass
Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let us drink and be merry all grief to refrain
For we may and might never all meet here again

Our paths must diverge now go they up or go down
In every tavern in every town
I will always raise a glass to you by the firelight’s glow
For your hearts will be with me wherever I go

Here’s a health to the company and one to my lass
Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass
Let us drink and be merry all grief to refrain
For we may and might never all meet here again

Repeat

 
Lyrics

12. 12 Health to the Company
The Muses  

 

 
 
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