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John Hielandman

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John Hielandman

John Hielandman

     1.
     Whare are you gaun, ma wee Jock Highlan' man,
     Whare are you gaun, ma rick a maru?
     Whare are you gaun, ma wee Jock Highlan' man?
     O'er the hill tae steal a wee coo.

     Ye'll be hung, ma wee Jock Highlan' man,
     Ye'll be hung, ma rick a maru!
     Ye'll be hung, ma wee Jock Highlan' man!
     What dae I care if ma belly be fu'!

     2.
     Faur are ye gaun, John Hielandman, Hielandman?
       Faur am I gaun? To steal a wee coo!
     Ye'll be hanged, John Hielandman, Hielandman!
       Faht care I, so my belly be fu?
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     (1) Coll. by editor 1972; learned in West Calder, c.
     1920. [Line 4 corrects sell.]
     (2) Nicht at Eenie (1932), 32; Montgomerie SNR (1946),
     111 (no.137).  Very similar in Maclagan GDA (1901), 256:
     "Whaur are ye gaun, my wee Johnnie Hielanman?/ I'm gaun
     awa to steal a wee coo./ You'll be hanged, my fine
     Johnnie Hielanman,/ What do I care if my belly be fu'."
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