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Caledonia 1

  • Trad / Tony Cuffe

    A sailor and his true love sat doon to mak' their moan
    When by cam' ane o' their ain countrymen
    Sayin', Rise up my bonnie lassie, mak' haste and come awa'
    There's a vessel lyin' bound for Caledonia

    And, Oh, says the sailor, Are ye willin' for to pay
    Five hundred guineas, before on board ye gae
    I'll pay them plack and farthing, before on board I go (plack - small copper coin)
    If you'll tak' me tae my bonnie Caledonia

    And, Oh, says the sailor, Her money we will tak'
    And when she's on sea, we will throw her over deck
    Or sell her for a slave, lang or e'er she win awa'
    And she'll never see her bonnie Caledonia

    But, Oh, says the captain, That'll never do
    For there are no slaves sold intil oor country noo
    They would hang us ane and a', they would hang us every man
    If we sold her for a slave in Caledonia

    Well, said the sailor, She's lyin' doon below
    She's bound hand and foot ready overboard to throw
    She's bound hand and foot ready overboard to throw
    And she'll never see her bonnie Caledonia

    So the captain away to the fair maid has gane
    Sayin', What is the reason that ye lie here so lang
    And what is the reason that ye lie here ava'
    For ye've paid your passage dear to Caledonia

    And, Oh, says the lassie, Oh wae is me
    That ever I was born sic hardships for to see
    But the sailor's got a lassie he likes better far than me
    And it causes me to weep for Caledonia

    So the captain away to the sailor has gane
    He's ta'en him by the neck and him overboard has thrown
    Saying, Tak' this cup o' water, though the liquor be but sma'
    And drink your lassie's health tae Caledonia

    And they've sailed east, and they've sailed west
    Until they reached the land that they loved the best
    For the winds they did beat and the seas they did roar
    And they've all arrived safe in Caledonia

    And they hadnae been there but threequarters o' a year
    When fine silks and satins he's made her for to wear
    When in fine silks and satins he's made her for to go
    Now she's the captain's wife in Caledonia

    As sung by Tony Cuffe

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  • [1988:] A song from John Ord's "Bothy Songs and Ballads". Tune by Tony Cuffe. (Notes Tony Cuffe, 'When First I Went To Caledonia')

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