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Donald MacGillavry

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Donald MacGillavry

Donald's gane up the hill hard and hungry,
Donald comes down the hill wild and angry;
Donald will clear the gouk's nest cleverly,
Here's to the king and Donald Macgillavry.
     Come like a weighbauk, Donald Macgillavry,
     Come like a weighbauk, Donald Macgillavry,
     Balance them fair, and balance them cleverly:
     Off wi'the counterfeit, Donald Macgillavry.

Donald's run o'er the hill but his tether, man,
As he were wud, or stang'd wi' an ether, man;
When he comes back, there's some will look merrily:
Here's to King James and Dnnald Macgillavry.
     Come like a weaver, Donald Macgillavry,
     Come like a weaver, Dnnald Macgillavry,
     Pack on your back, and elwand sae cleverly;
     Gie them full measure, my Donald Macgillavry.

Donald has foughten wi' rief and roguery;
Donald has dinner'd wi banes and beggary,
Better it were for Whigs and Whiggery
Meeting the devil than Donald Macgillavry.
     Come like a tailor, Donald Macgillavry,
     Come like a tailor, Donald Macgillavry,
     Push about, in and out, thimble them cleverly,
     Here's to King James and Donald Macgillavry.

Donald's the callan that brooks nae tangleness;
Whigging and prigging and a'newfangleness,
They maun be gane: he winna be baukit, man:
He maun hae justice, or faith he'll tak it, man.
     Come like a cobler, Donald Macgillavry,
     Come like a cobler, Donald Macgillavry;
     Beat them, and bore them, and lingel them cleverly,
     Up wi' King James and Donald Macgillavry.

Donald was mumpit wi mirds and mockery;
Donald was blinded wi' blads o' property;
Arles ran high, but makings were naething, man,
Lord, how Donald is flyting and fretting, man.
     Come like the devil, Donald Macgillavry,
     Come like the devil, Donald Macgillavry;
     Skelp them and scaud them that proved sae unbritherly,
     Up wi King James and Donald Macgillavry!

From MacColl, Folk Somgs and Ballads of Scotland
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