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How Can I Keep My Maidenhead

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Collected by Burns (and slightly altered); this (earlier) version from Sharpe's Ballad Book, 1824
My mither built a tiny house,
A tiny house, a tiny house
My mither built a tiny house
To keep me frae the men O.

cho: How can I keep my maidenhead
My maidenhead, my maidenhead
How can I keep my maidenhead
Amang sae many men, O?

The walls fell in and I fell out,
And I fell out, and I fell out;
The walls fell in and I fell out
Amang the merry men O.

cho:

The Captain bad a guinea for't
A guinea for't, a guinea for't
The Captain had a guinea for't
The Colonel he bad ten O.

cho:

But I'II do as mny minnie did,
My minnie did, my minnie did,
But I'II do as my minnie did
For silver I'l hae none, O

cho:

I'll give it to a bonnie lad
A bonnie lad, a bonnie lad;
I'll give it to a bonnie lad
For just as good again O.
final cho:
An auld moulie maidenhead
A maidenhead, a maidenhead
An auld moulie maidenhead
The weary wark I ken, O
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version 2
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cho: O wat ye what my minnie did
My minnie did my minnie did
O wat ye what my minnie did
My minnie did to me, jo.

She pat me in a dark room
A dark room a dark room
She pat me in a dark room
A styme I couldna see, jo.

An' there cam' in a lang man
A meikle man a strang man
An' there cam'in a lang man
He might hae worried me, jo.

For he pou'd out a lang thing
A meikle thing a strang thing
For he pou'd out a lang thing
Just like a stannin' tree, jo.

An' I had but a wee thing
A little thing a wee thing
An' I had but a wee thing
Just like a needle e'e, jo.

But an I had wanted that
Had wanted that had wanted that
But an I had wanted that
He might hae sticket me, jo.

For he shot in his lang thing
His meikle thing his strang thing
For he shot in his lang thing
Into my needle e'e, jo.

But had it no come out again
Come out again come out again
But had it no come out again
It might hae stay't for me, jo.
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