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Hooly and fairly

Language: Scottish (Scots)

Oh! what had I ado for to marry!
My wife she drinks naething but sack and canary,
I to her friends complain'd right early,
  O! gin my wife wou'd drink hooly and fairly.
  Hooly and fairly; hooly and fairly,
  O! gin my wife wou'd drink hooly and fairly.


And when she comes hame, she lays on the lads,
The lasses she ca's baith limmers and jades,
And ca's mysel' ay an auld cuckold carlie;
  O gin my wife, &c.

Translation(s): FRE

List of language codes


Gin = if only
Hooly = slowly
Limmers = strumpets
Jades = familiar term among country folks for giddy young girls
Auld cuckold carlie = little old man

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Oh pourquoi ai-je pris la peine de me marier !", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-08-27.
Last modified: 2014-07-28 11:30:14
Line count: 11
Word count: 80

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