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Hush‑a‑ba, birdie, croon, croon

Language: English

Hush-a-ba, birdie, croon, croon1,
The sheep are gane to the silver wood,
An' the coos2 are gane to the broom, broom,
An' it's braw3 milkin' the kye, kye; 4
The birds are singing,
The bells are ringing,
The wild deer come galloping bye, bye.
Hush-a-ba, birdie, croon, croon, 1
The ewes are gane to the mountain top,
An' they'll no' be hame till noon, noon,
An' it's braw 3 herdin' the kye, kye; 4
The lambs are skipping,
The sun is dipping,
An' bairnie maun 5 hush-a-ba, bye, bye.
Hush-a-ba, birdie, croon, croon, 1
Your mither 6 is weary wi' watchin' here,
An' fain wad she lie doun, doun,
An' to rest she'll no be blate, blate;7
The fire is sinkin'
And mither 6 is thinkin'
Her bairnie maun 5 sleep for it's late, late.

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Definitions from the Alice Chambers Bunten score:
1 Croon = to croon or murmur
2 Coos = cows
3 Braw = grand
4 Kye = a herd of cows
5 Maun = must
6 Mither = mother
7 Blate = sorry-unwilling

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:23
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