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Traditional / Robert Burns

                                    O, rattlin', roarin' Willie,
                                    O, he held to the fair,
                                    An' for to sell his fiddle
                                    An' buy some other ware;
                                    But parting wi' his fiddle,
                                    The saut tear blin't his e'e,
                                    And, rattlin', roarin' Willie,
                                    Ye're welcome hame to me.
                                    "O, Willie, come sell your fiddle,
                                    O, sell your fiddle sae fine;
                                    O Willie, come sell your fiddle
                                    And buy a pint o' wine!"
                                    "If I should sell my fiddle,
                                    The warl' would think I was mad;
                                    For many a rantin' day
                                    My fiddle and I hae had.
                                    As I cam by Crochallan,
                                    I cannily keekit ben,
                                    Rattlin', roarin' Willie
                                    Was sitting at yon boord-en';
                                    Sitting at yon boord-en'
                                    And amang guid companie;
                                    Rattlin', roarin' Willie,
                                    Ye're welcome hame to me.
Footnote - Robert Burns added a third verse to this traditional song as a compliment to William Dunbar, "one of the worthiest fellows in the world". William Dunbar was presiding officer, "Colonel" of the Crochallan Fencibles, an Edinburgh club of wits of which Burns was a leading member.


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