Cam Ye O'er frae France
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Cam ye o'er frae France? Cam ye down by Lunnon?
Saw ye Geordie Whelps and his bonny woman?
Were ye at the place ca'd the Kittle Housie?
Saw ye Geordie's grace riding on a goosie?
Geordie he's a man, there is little doubt o't,
He's done a' he can, wha can do without it?
Doon there cam a blade, linkin' like my lordie,
He wad drive a trade at the loom o' Geordie.
Though the claith were bad, blithely may we niffer,
Gin we get a wab, it makes little differ.
We hae lost our plaid, bonnet, belt and swordie,
Ha's and mailin's braid, but we hae a Geordie!
Jocky's gane to France, and Montgomery's lady,
There they'll learn to dance, Madame, are ye ready?
They'll be back belive, belted, brisk and lordly,
Brawly may they thrive, to dance a jig wi' Geordie!
Hey for Sandy Don! Hey for Cockalorum!
Hey for Bobbing John, and his Hieland quorum!
Many a sword and lance swings at Hieland hurdie,
How they'll skip and dance over the bum o' Geordie!
Lunnon = London, Geordie = King George I, Whelps = House of Welf (George I's ancestors)
Kittle Housie = dance hall or brothel, blade = gallant man, wad = would, claith = cloth,
niffer = trade, wab = piece of cloth, plaid = Highland cloth, ha's = halls,
mailing = small farm, braid = broad, belyve = soon, brawly = well,
Sandy Don = Alexander Gordon, Cockalorum = young cock, Bobbing John = John Erskine,
Hieland = highland, quorum = gathering, hurdie = buttocks