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The Brewer Laddie
Cathkin Braes
Traditional, arranged by the Tannahill Weavers
Not so much a song as a miniature soap opera.  The hero works in a brewery.  Yes, yes, he stands on one leg all day and makes hops.  He also moonlights as a rear gunner in a beer delivery truck.  His fiancée of seven years runs off with a Glasgow man, etc., etc., etc.  She changes her mind - will he have her back?  Tune in next week...


Noo in Perth there lived a bonnie lad, a brewer tae his trade-o
And he has courted Peggy Roy, a young and handsome maid-o
He's courted her for seven years, a' for tae gain her favour
There came a lad oot Glesca toon wha' swore that he wad hae her

   And will ye come alang wi' me and will ye be my honey
   And will ye come alang wi' me and leave your brewer laddie
   They've rambled up they've rambled doon, they've rambled through Kirkcaldy
   And monies the nicht she's rued the day she left her brewer laddie

The brewer lad cam' hame at een enquiring for his honey
Her faither he made this reply, She's no been here since Sunday
If that be so then let her go and I will never grieve her
I'm a lad that's free as you can see, a sma' thing will relieve her


There's just as guid fish in the sea as ever yet was taken
I'll cast my line and try again; you're only once forsaken
The Glesca fellah's up and gane, the country he has fled-o
He's left nae sark upon her back nor blanket on her bed-o


The brewer lad still lives in Perth and there he brews guid ale-o
And he has found another lass and taen her tae his bed-o
Ye lovers a' where e'er ye be just let this be fair warnin'
Never slight your ain true love for fear ye get a' waur ane





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