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The Gaberlunzie Man
Mrs. MacLeod of Raasay
Traditional, arranged by the Tannahill Weavers
Our hero arrives and is strongly "fancied" by the heroine of the song.  Being, presumably, a fine looking girl she attracts his attention, is rejected, and then proceeds to stick a patch over her eye and generally mess about with her appearance until she looks rough enough to completely steal the beggar's heart.

All ends happily enough, again depending on your outlook, when the young lady comes home again with her three young children.  What happens to the gaberlunzie man we, unfortunately, never know.  Let us presume that all's well that ends well.


LYRICS:

A beggar a beggar came ower the lea
He was asking lodgings for charity
He was asking lodgings for charity
Would ye loo a beggar man
Lassie wi' my tow row ray

A beggar a beggar I'll ne'er loo again
I had ae dochter and Jeannie was her name
I had ae dochter and Jeannie was her name
She's awa' wi' the beggar man
Lassie wi' my tow row ray

I'll bend my back and I'll boo my knee
I'll put a black patch o'er my e'e
And a beggar a beggar they'll tak me tae be
And along wi yoo I'll gang
Laddie wi' my tow row ray

Oh lassie oh lassie you're far ower young
And ye hinnae got the cant o' the beggin tongue
And ye hinnae got the cant o' the beggin tongue
And wi' me ye winnae gang
Lassie wi' my tow row ray

She's bent her back and she's boo'd her knee
She's put a black patch o'er her e'e
And she's kilted her skirts up abune her knee
And awa' wi' him she's gan
Laddie wi' my tow row ray

Your dochter Jean's coming ower the lea
She's takin' hame her bairnies three
She has yin on her back aye and another on her knee
And the other yin's toddlin' hame
Lassie wi' my tow row ray


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