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Robert Coltart

                                                Mammy gie me ma thrifty doon,
                                                Here's auld Coulter comin' roon',
                                                Wi' a basket on his croon,
                                                Sellin' Coulter's Candy.


                                                Ally bally, ally bally bee,
                                                Sittin' on yir mammy's knee,
                                                Greetin' for anither bawbee,
                                                Tae buy some Coulter's Candy.

                                                Ally bally, ally bally bee,
                                                When you grow up you'll go tae sea,
                                                Makin' pennies for your mammy an' me,
                                                Tae buy some Coulter's Candy.

                                                Oor wee Annie's greetin' tae,
                                                So whit can puir auld mammy dae?
                                                But gie them a penny atween them twae
                                                Tae buy some Coulter's Candy.

                                                Puir wee Jeannie's lookin' awfy thin,
                                                Jist a rickle o' banes covered ower wi' skin,
                                                But noo she's gettin' a double chin,
                                                Wi' sookin' Coulter's Candy.

Footnote : Coltart's Candy ( pronounced Coolter ) is a well-known and still popular children's song which Robert Coltart wrote himself, ( an early form of advertisement ! ). It was made in Melrose by this colourful travelling man who attracted children like a Pied Piper so popular was his aniseed-flavoured candy. The recipe died with Coltart in 1890.



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