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Traditional/ New words: Jimmie Macgregor

It happened on a Thursday-o,
A thundery thundery Thursday-o;
The midden men, they said, ‘Amen’,
And I never saw a worse day-o. 

The craw killed the pussie-o,
The craw killed the pussie-o;
The Mammy cat sat doon and grat,
In Johnny’s wee bit hoosie-o. 

Noo, pussie ruled the yairdie-o,
And frichted beast and birdie-o;
But the craw cam’ doon, and cracked her croon,
And ca’d her heels ower hurdie-o. 

Noo pussie’s wi’ the devil-o,
Poor pussie’s wi the devil-o;
And every moose in Johnny’s hoose,
Says, ‘Gie that craw a medal-o.’ 

Glossary: Grat: cried; Midden men: refuse men; Yairdie: yard; Croon: crown, head; Ca’d: knocked; Hurdie: buttock

Footnote: Well known folksinger and Oliver Brown Award winner Jimmie Macgregor based this song on a very old song – ‘The Craw’s Ta’en The Pussie’ which featured in ‘Sing A Sang At Least’ last week.



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