We're a' Jock Tamson's Bairns

 

1. Jock Tamson was a merry auld soul,
Who lived beside the Dee;
He was a farmer rich and gweed'
And mony a farm had he,
And mony a servant man and maid,
Wham he met twice a year
And at the head o’ the table he sat
While they sang wi' richt gweed cheer.

Chorus
O! we're a' Jock Tamson's bairns,
We're a' Jock Tamson's bairns;
There’’ll never will be peace in the world again
Till abodies singing wi' micht and wi’ main,
We're a' Jock Tamson's bairns.

2. When Adam  sett fae Edens Bower
And sent things sara je
There’s aye a weakness tae look ower
Aye and follies tae forgae
So let us do what good we can
Though the best are files tae blame
In spite o’ riches rank and land
God says were a’ the same.  Chorus

3. So here’s to you and those gone ahead
Long life guid health and glee
And if ye be weel as I wish ye a’
Wi faith ye'll happy be
So let’s do what good we can
Though the best are whiles tae blame
In spite o’ riches rank or land
God says were a’ the same.  Chorus

4. John Tamson sat at the table heid,
And supped his soup with glee
And drank success to the honest and gweed,
And heaven when they wad a’ dee.
But the tyrant loon, the ne'er-dae-weel,
The lee'ar, the rake and the knave,
The sooner they a' were hame wi' the devil,
The better for a' the lave.  Chorus

5. Since Adam fell frae Eden's bow'r
And sent things sara je
There's aye a weakness to look owre
Aye and follies tae forgae.
And John wad sit and chat sae prood,
And just before he'd gang,
He'd gie advice and blessings gweed,
Till roof and rafters rang     Chorus


Chosen by Gordon Dawson