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When I Was Noo But Sweet Sixteen

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When I Was Noo But Sweet Sixteen

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When I Was Noo But Sweet Sixteen

When I was noo but sweet sixteen,
In beauty just a bloomin', O
O little, little did I think
At nineteen I'd be greetin', O.
cho:     For the plooman lads are gay weel lads
         They're false and they're deceiving, O
         They'll gang awa', they'll sail awa'
         And leave their lasses greetin', O

If I'd a kent what I do ken
And done my mother's biddin', O
I would not be here at your fireside
Cryin' "Hishie ba, ma bairnie, O"

O, hishie ba, for I'm your ma,
But the Lord knows where's your daddy, O
But I'll take good care, and I'll be aware
O' the young men in the gloaming, O

When I was noo but sweet sixteen,
In beauty just a bloomin', O
O little, little did I think
At nineteen I'd be greetin', O.

sung by Jean Redpath, Jeannie Robertson
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