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Charming Young Widow I Meet in The Train
Verse 1 begins: 'I live in Falkirk and one morning last summer / A letter informed me my uncle was dead'. No publication details have been included on this sheet.
Cheer Boys, Cheer Medley
This ballad begins: 'Cheer, Boys, Cheer! Tam Glen, and Maggy Lauder, / Bessie Bell, and Mary Gray, and Jean o' Sauchieh, / Met Auld Robin Gray, on the Banks o' Allan water, / And danced the Reel o' Boggie there wi' Jockie far awa.' Below the title we are told, 'Copies of this popular song can be had the Poet's Box, 182 Overgate, Dundee'. 'Boggie' is 'a designation for priests who married people contrary to canon law.
Cheer, Boys, Cheer!
This ballad begins: 'Cheer! Boys! cheer! no more of idle sorrow, / Courage, true heart, shall bear us on our way'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. The top of the sheet carries a woodcut illustration of a sailing ship, listing at a jaunty angle.
Chickens In The Garden
Verse 1: 'I once did know a farmer, a good old jolly soul, / Who used to work upon the farm around his contry home / He had an only daughter and to win her I did try, / And when I asked him for her hand those words he did re' Below the title we are told that 'This popular song can alwase be had at Poet's Box 182 Overgate Dundee'.
Child with Three Fathers and Down by the Old Mill Stream
The first ballad, 'Child with Three Fathers', begins 'You young lads and lasses draw near for a while, / I'll sing you a song that may cause you to smile'.
Child's Dream: A Story of Heaven
Verse 1: 'Before a lonely cottage once, / With climbing roses gay, / I stood one summer's eve to watch / Two children at their play: / All round the garden walks they ran, / Filling the air with glee, / Till they were tired and sat them down / Beneath an old oak tree.' This broadside was published by J. Scott of Pittenweem in Fife, and sold by J. Wood of Edinburgh.
Christ's Kirk on the Green
Verse 1: 'Was never in Scotland heard nor seen / such dancing nor deray, / neither at Falkland on the green, nor Peebles at the play, / As was (of wooers as I ween) / as Christs-Kirk on a day: / for there came Kittie washen clean , / in her new gown of gray / so gay that day.' Beneath the title the text reads: 'Composed (as is supposed) by King JAMES the fifth'.
Christ's Kirk on the Green
Verse 1: 'Was never in Scotland heard nor seen / such Dancing nor Deray, / Neither on Falkland on the Green, / nor Peebles at the play; / As was of Wooers as I ween, / at Christs Kirk on a day; / For there came Kittie washen clean, / with her new Gown of Gray, / Full gay that day.' The text beneath the title reads 'Composed (as is supposed) by King James V. Newly Corrected according to the Original Copy'. Many reprints were made of this poem, and all those held by the National Library of Scotland show subtle differences in wording and spelling, reflecting the 'corrections' that were made by publishers according to the standards af their day.
Christ's Kirk on the Green
Verse 1: 'Was never in Scotland heard or seen, / such dancing and deray; / Neither at Falkland on the green, / nor Peebles at the play, / As was of woers as I ween; / at Christs Kirk on a day: / For there came Kittie washen clean, / with her new Gown of Gray, / Full gay that day' The poem is attributed to James V (1512-42), but the printer's note under the title, 'Newly Corrected according to the Original Copy' indicates that this was one of the many reprints that were made of the poem in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with the spelling updated to the standard forms of the period.
Verse 1: 'Some people say its jolly a single life to lead, / They only talk for talking's sake and so I never heed; / A single life is very well, it may be gay and free, / But the comforts of a married life are suited best for me.' Below the title we are told that 'Copies of this popular song, can always be had at the Poet's Box, Ovegate, Dundee'.
Clerk of the Pipe, Or, The Leith Reform Garland
Verse 1 begins: 'The Clerk of the Pipe is a man of some weight. / And nothing will serve him but serving the state'. This song is labelled up as new and should be sung to the tune 'Down Derry Down'. Two woodcuts have been included, one of two gents drinking in a cellar and the other of a man in eastern garb, smoking a pipe.
This ballad begins: 'Come buy my New Ballad, / I have't in my wallet, / Tho twill not, I fear, please every Palate: / Then mark what ensu'th . . . ' This broadside is especially interesting and rare, since it also contains the musical score for the ballad. At the very bottom of the sheet, a short note states that the broadside was printed by Mr William Adam in May 1719, while the accompanying letters 'Edr' suggest that it was probably published in Edinburgh.
This ballad begins: 'Whaur the mischief am I noo? / Freens, excuse me, for I'm fu', / Fairly stappit tae the muzzle - choker block; / I've been oot an' hae'n a drap. . . ' Below the title we are told that 'Copies of this can be had at the Pox Box, Overgat, Dundee'. 'Freens' means 'friends', 'stappit' is 'full', 'muzzle' means 'face' and 'choker block' means 'chock-a'block'.
Verse 1: 'The Coalier had a Daughter, / And she is wondrous bonny; / But if you had once brought her / To a true sense of Joy, / Although she struggle for a while / yet you'll won about her, / If once her Heart you can beguile / you'll never go without her.'
Cockabendie Loves Not Me
This ballad begins: 'What care I for Cockabendie, / Cockabendie loves not me.' The text preceeding this ballad reads: 'A NEW SONG / Much in Request. / Sung with its proper Tune.' A stylised border has been included along the top of the sheet to make it more attractive.
Cockles and Mussels. Aliv, O
Verse 1 and chorus: 'In Dublin's fair city lived a maiden so pritty, / Her name it was Molly Malone, / And though streets broad and narrow she wheeled her wheelbarrow, / Crying Cockles and mussels! alive, alive, O / Alive, alive O! alive, alive, O! / Crying Cockles and! alive, alive, O!' This ballad was published by the Poet's Box, Dundee.
Cocky-Bendie's Wedding O
Verse 1: 'In Airdrie town in fifty nine, / The evening being calm and fine; / Both rich and poor they did combine / To hold Cocky-Bendie's wedding O. / In Finnias lane they did agree, / That night to hold the wedding spree; / Then to Coatbrig they march'd wi' glee / To celebrate the marriage O. / Durum doo a doo &c.' This ballad was published by the Poet's Box, which advertises 'NEW SONGS OUT EVERY WEEK'. The town of origin is not specified.
Come Down and Open the Door, Love
Verse 1: 'I've been to a party, I've been to a ball, / I've been where there's you can see; / I've been where there's swells, and such pretty girls, / And I've had a jolly good spree. / I've just staggered home, but I've lost my key, / My wife she won't open the door, / I've knocked and I've bawled, at the window threw stones / For over two hours I'm sure.' The ballad was published by the Poet's Box, 182 Overgate, Dundee.
Come Sit Thee Down
This ballad begins: 'Come sit thee down, my bonny bonny love, / Come sit thee down by me, love, / And I will tell thee many a tale of the dangers of the sea. / Of the perils of the deep, love'. Published in 1855 by the Poet's Box of Glasgow, this ballad is to be sung to the tune of 'Something or Nothing' and cost a penny.
Come Sweet Lass and Sweet is the Lass that loves me
The first ballad begins: 'COME Sweet Lass, / it?s bonny Weather lets together / Come sweet Lass, / let's trip it on the Grass: / Every where, / poor Jockie seeks his Dear, / Unless that she appear, / he sees no Beauty there.'The text preceeding it reads: 'OR Loves invitation / To a new Tune.'
Come Under my Plaidie
This ballad begins: 'Come under my plaidie, the nicht's gaun to fa' ' / Come in frae the cauld blast, the drift and the snaw ; / Come under my plaidie, and sit down beside me, / There's room in't, dear lassie, believe me, for twa!'. To be sung to the tune of Johnnie M'Gill.
Comic Divan' and Lord Ullin's Daughter
The first ballad begins: 'Gentlemen Visitors, how do you do? / Pop into my comic museum, / Of things rare and curious, I've got not a few / Come in and you shall quickly see 'em.' A note below the woodcut illustration states that the first ballad should be sung to the tune, 'Let the Toast Pass'.
Comic Song, Patricks Day
Verse 1 begins: 'From Munster I came and I went into Leinster, / I met with a maid and they called her a spinster'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. There is a woodcut above the title which depicts three deer crossing a rocky, tree-lined stream.
Condemned or, The Last Moments of William Perrie
This execution ballad begins: 'The morning came, the hours flew past:- / Yea, the fatal hour, poor Perrie's last, / Drew near, on which he was to die, / And meet his God, his Judge on high.' Perrie was 'Executed at Paisley, October 18th, 1837'. Under the title a small quotation has been provided: '"He died, as erring man should die, / Without display, without parade."' This broadside was printed by Caldwell and Sons.
Conoughtman's Description of Glasgow
Verse 1: 'I travelled the whole way from Dounoughadee, / The flourishing city of Glasgow to see ; / When I came there the first meat I saw, / Was boil'd roasted herring at the Broomielaw.' No publication details have been included on this sheet.
Contented Wife and her Satisfied Husband
Verse 1: 'You married people high and low, come listen to my song, / I'll show to you economy and not detain you long, / In this town lived a tradesman, who wished to see all things right, / And to accoant 'a t Monday morn he called his loving wife.' This ballad was published by Muir, but the city and date of publication are not cited.
Contract of Enster
This ballad begins: 'ON July just upon the penult day, / which is the second Moneth next to May. / It is agreed and finally Contracted, / and all the Parties living yet that spake it, / Between two Graceless Persons of Renoune, / None more Infamous dwelling in the Town.'
Coogate Porter, The Children's Home, Mary, Kind, Kind and Gentle is She, and The Banks of Claudy
The first ballad begins: 'I am a Coogate porter, / And I work baith hard and sair'.
The second ballad begins: 'They played in their beautiful garden, / The children of high degree'.
The third ballad begins: 'Kind, kind, and gentle is she, / Kind is my Mary'.
The fourth ballad begins: 'It was on a summer's morning all in the month of May, / Down by yon flowery garden where Betsy did stray'.
Cookey Darling, a Parody on Kitty Darling
The opening line of this ballad runs: 'I'm waiting in the airey, cookey darling'. It was published on Saturday, 15th April 1854, by the Poet's Box of 6 St Andrew's Lane, Glasgow, and cost a penny.
Verse 1: 'Come all you blooming country lads and listen unto me, / And if I do but tell the truth I know you will agree; / It's of the jolly farmers who servants want to have, / For to maintain them in their pride and be to them a slave.' There are no publication details given on this broadside.