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                                I am a brisk young sailor lad, just newly come from sea;
                                My gallent ship lies anchored in the harbour o' Dundee,
                                Young Betsy being the fairest girl that e'er my eyes have seen,
                                I asked her wid she take a walk all along by the Magdalen Green.
                                But, roguish smile upon her face, she answered me and said:
                                "To take a walk with you young man it's I would be afraid.
                                For the roads they are so slippery and the night so hard and keen,
                                And it would not do for me to fall all along the Magdalen Green."
                                But with false words and flattering tongue the lass soon gied consent,
                                We wandered here, we wandered there, and happy times we spent.
                                And mony's the day and night we roamed to view the pleasant scene;
                                I'm afraid this maid got mony's the fall all along the Magdalene Green.
                                But some strange thought had crossed my mind that I would go to sea,
                                And leave my bonny Betsy, my maid o' sweet Dundee.
                                I bade farewell to Dundee where happy we had been,
                                And left this maid to weep and mourn all along by the Magdalen Green.
                                One night as I lay slumbering I dreamed a fearful dream,
                                I dreamed I was the father of a darling little son;
                                And for that dear young maiden I saw her there quite plain,
                                And she was sad lamenting all along by the Magdalen Green.
                                So come all you brisk young sailor lads and a warning take by me,
                                Never love a fair young maid then shun her company;
                                But I'll come back to Dundee town, for a rascal I have been,
                                And I will make it up to her all along by the Magdalen Green.
Footnote : A Dundee song this week to belatedly celebrate the birthday of a Dundee loun - The Flag's own Jim Lynch (23 Oct). The word 'Magdelene' is pronounced 'maudlin' in the song - a reminder of an older age and pronunciation. An early Dundee Town Council record (1582) describes it as 'Maidlane Geir' (geir being a stretch of land).


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