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!
1 Scott: "warld"
2 Scott: "board-en' "
"blint" = blinded
"keekit ben" = peeped in
"boord-en'" = end of the table
- by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), "Rattlin, Roarin Willie" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Francis George Scott (1880 - 1958), "Rattlin' Roarin' Willie", published 1939 [low voice and piano], from Scottish Lyrics, Book 5, no. 7, Bayley & Ferguson; confirmed with Songs of Francis George Scott, selected and edited by Neil Mackay, Roberton Publications, Aylesbury 1980, page 100. [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858) , "Bänkelsänger Willie" DUT ENG ; composed by Robert Schumann.
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