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Grat for Gruel

GRAT FOR GRUEL Traditional arranged Tannahill Weavers 
The Inchindown Jig
by David A. Gordon (“Digger”, an old friend of the band)
The Grumbling Carle
(aka the Drovers Lads) traditional, arranged Tannahill Weavers

This song came to us from the singing of Jock Duncan, father of the late, great, Gordon Duncan, one of our former pipers.  His rendition is generally accepted as the definitive version of the song and is to be found on " Ye Shine Whaur Ye Stan " by Jock Duncan .

In this song you've been warned girls, so choose your partners carefully.  Just  remember that money isn't everything - the person with 50 million in the bank is no happier than the person with 49 million.

LYRICS: 

There was a weaver in the north, and oh but he was cruel
The very first nicht when he was wad he sat and he grat for gruel
He sat and he grat for gruel, he couldnae want his gruel
The very first nicht when he was wad he sat and he grat for gruel

There's nae a speen in a' the hoose fur tae sup your gruel
The gairden spad'll dae wi' me for I maun hae my gruel
For I maun hae my gruel, I cannae want my gruel
The gairden spad'll dae wi' me for I maun hae my gruel

There's nae a bowl in a' the hoose for tae sup your gruel
The horse's troch'll dae wi'' me for I maun hae my gruel
For I maun hae my gruel, I cannae want my gruel
The horse's troch'll dae wi' me for I maun hae my gruel

She gaed ben the hoose for wine and cake and brocht them ben on a stool
Go awa' go awa' wi' your folderols for I maun hae my gruel
For I maun hae my gruel, I cannae want my gruel

Go awa' go awa' wi' your folderols for I maun hae my gruel

Come a' young lassies and listen tae me, and never merry a weaver
The very first nicht when he was wad, he sat and he grat for gruel
He sat and he grat for gruel, he couldnae want his gruel
The very first nicht when he was wed, he sat and he grat for gruel


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