by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

Rattlin' Roarin' Willie
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
O Rattlin, roarin Willie,
  O he held to the fair,
An' for to sell his fiddle
  And 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']1 would think I was mad,
For mony 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']2,
Sitting at yon [boord-en']2,
  And amang guid companie;
Rattlin, roarin Willie,
  Ye're welcome hame to me!

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1 Scott: "warld"
2 Scott: "board-en' "

"blint" = blinded
"keekit ben" = peeped in
"boord-en'" = end of the table


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