My Collier Laddie

Melody -

Robert Burns, 1792

Whare live ye, my bonie lass?
And tell me what they ca' ye;
|: My name, she says, is mistress Jean,
And I follow the Collier laddie. :|

2. See you not yon hills and dales
The sun shines on sae brawlie;
|: They a' are mine, and they shall be thine,
Gin ye'll leave your Collier laddie. :|

3. Ye shall gang in gay attire,
Weel buskit up sae gaudy;
|: And ane to wait on every hand,
Gin ye'll leave your Collier laddie. :|

4. Tho' ye had a' the sun shines on,
And the earth conceals sae lowly,
|: I wad turn my back on you and it a',
And embrace my Collier laddie. :|

5. I can win my five pennies in a day,
An' spen't at night fu' brawlie:
|: And make my bed in the collier's neuk,
And lie down wi' my Collier laddie. :|

6. Love for love is the bargain for me,
Tho' the wee cot-house should haud me;
|: And the warld before me to win my bread,
And fair fa' my Collier laddie! :|

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