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The Shearin's No For You
Traditional, arranged by the Tannahill Weavers

As singers of traditional song, we are occasionally struck by the hard fact that the past was not always as it is portrayed romanticized - it was often a rather unsavory part of the human journey.  As we zoom towards the twenty-first century it is hard to imagine a conversation like the one in this song taking place outside of a court case.  Thankfully, we do get what we must hope to be a happy ending.

LYRICS:

Oh the shearin's no for you my bonnie lassie o
No the shearin's no for you my bonnie lassie o
No the shearin's no for you, for your back in willnae boo
And your bellies rowan fu' my bonnie lassie o

Dae you mind on yonder hill my bonnie laddie o
Dae you mind on yonder hill my bonnie laddie o
Dae you mind on yonder hill, where you said you wid me kill
If you didnae hae your will my bonnie laddie o

Well I'll no kill you deid my bonnie lassie o
No I'll no kill you deid my bonnie lassie o
No I'll no kill you deid, nor will I harm your pretty heid
I will marry you with speed my bonnie lassie o

It was in the month o' May my bonnie laddie o
It was in the month o' May my bonnie laddie o
It was in the month o' May, when the flooers they are gay
And the lambs all sport and play my bonnie laddie o

Oh the shearin's no for you my bonnie lassie o
No the shearin's no for you my bonnie lassie o
No the shearin's no for you, for your back it willnae boo
And your  bellies rowan fu' my bonnie lassie o



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