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O can you sew cushions

Language: English

O can ye sew cushions, and can ye sew sheets, 
And can ye sing balla loo when the bairn greets,
And hee and baw birdie, and hee and baw lamb, 
And hee and baw birdie, my bonny wee lamb?
Hee O, wee O, what wou'd I do wi' you?

Black's the life that I lead wi' you; 
Mony o' you, little for to gi' you,
Hee O, wee O, what wou'd I do wi' you?


GLOSSARY
Bairn = child
Greets = sheds a tear, weeps

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Authorship


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

Set in a modified version by Benjamin Britten, Hans Gál, Colin Moncrieff Campbell Taylor.


Text added to the website: 2012-08-14.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:01
Line count: 8
Word count: 75

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