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Wedding song of Gibbie and Marjorie
This ballad begins: 'Come all good People, give an Ear / unto these Lines I've penn'd: / It's of an ancient honest Man, / near Four Score Years and Ten.' A note following the title states that this couple 'were married in Edinburgh, on the 13th of June 1718; their Ages One Hundred and Sixty years', and that the ballad should be sung to the tune, 'The old Woman poor and blind'.
Wedding Song Upon The Famous Tincklarian Doctor William Mitchel, and Ann Stewart
This ballad begins: 'Who can Sufficiently approve, / Of the Fam'd Doctor's Wit and Love, / Who sometime e're his former wife, / To Death resign'd had her Life . . . ' 'Tincklarian' means 'tinker-like'.
Wee Lassie Sitting at the Door
This ballad begins: 'There is a wee lassie sitting at the door a' her lane, / And the wee thing is sabbing unco sair, / For their's nane nane kens the wee weariet wane, / Couren in frae the cold on the stair. Included at the top of the sheet is a woodcut portrait of a young woman.
Week After the Fair
Verse 1: 'Oh! John, what's this you've done, John, / You're head this morn's sair, / You're rigs ye've carried on, John, / The hale week of the Fair. / It's now you're in the horrors, John, / And in them you may be, / This day O cou'dna help ye, John, / Although ye were to dee.'
Week After the Fair
Verse 1 begins: 'O John what's this ye've done John, / Yer head this morning's sair'. The woodcut above the title displays a well-dressed couple sitting in a parlour playing cards. Despite the rough nature of the illustration, the lady looks out of the scene to catch the reader's eye and engage them. This is a classic artist's trick.
We've Aye Been Provided For
Verse 1 begins: 'Sit ye down here, my cronies, and gie us your crack, / Let the wind tak the care o' this life on its back'. The song should be sung to an original tune and would have cost a penny to buy. It was published on Saturday morning, 27th November, 1869, by the Poet's Box of 80 London Street, Glasgow.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Verse 1: 'When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah! hurrah! / We'll give home a cheery welcome then hurrah hurrah; / The men will cheer the boys will shout, the ladies they will all turn out, / We'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.' This broadside carries no publication details.
When the Kye Come Hame
Verse 1: 'Come all ye jolly shepherds, / That whistle through the glen, / I'll tell you o' a secret / What is the greatest bliss / That the tongueo' man can name? / 'Tis to woo a bonnie lassie / When the kye come hame.' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated. 'Kye' means 'cows'.
Where did you get that hat?
This ballad begins: The way I came to wear this hat / Is very strange and funny, / Grandfather died and left to me / His property and money.' The text preceeding it reads: 'Price one penny. / Can be had at the Poet's Box Overgate, Dundee.'
Where has Scotland Found Her Fame
Verse 1: 'Where has Scotland found her fame, / Why is she enshrined in story, / By the deed of many a name, / Sing the theme of deathless story. / By her mountains wild and grand, / By her lakes so calmly flowing, / By her peace that rules the land; / And her hearts so truly glowing.' The publication details of this broadside have been obscured.
Where is my Nancy?
Verse 1: 'A charming young creature named Nancy Barr, / Nancy Barr, lived with her ma; / Of fair ones, oh! she was the fairest by far, / A charmer bewitching and smart. / No dicky-bird singing up in the sky, / In the sky. Was more happy than I, / But to happiness now I have said "goodbye," / For to pieces she's broken my heart!' This song was to be sung to an 'Original' tune, and was published on Saturday, 4th December 1869, by the Poet's Box in Glasgow, priced at one penny.
Whigs and Radicals
The first verse reads: 'Come voters now, come every one, / Vote for Campbell as fast's you can; / Don't let a Tory into the chair, / For he'll lead you into a snare.' The chorus begins: 'Campbell is coming, Hurrah! Hurrah!' It was composed by John McLean, 'Coal-miner, and Poet Laureate to his Baccanalian Majesty', and includes a woodcut illustration of a mounted soldier.
Whistle my Love and I'll Come Down
This ballad begins: PEGGY's a maid both kind and fair / and Peggy is dear to Johnnie, / And none in all Scot'and here or there / None is so blythe and bonny'. The broadside was published by John Pitts at the Toy Warehouse, 6 Great St Andrew Street, in the Seven Dials area of London.
Verse 1: 'The laverock mounts the airy sky, / And pours his sweetest notes on high, They charm the wanderer's ear gaun by, / But no sae much as Sannie, O!' At the top of the sheet there is a note: 'This Song is Copyright and the exclusive Property of the Author.' However, the author's name is not given and the sheet carries no other publication details.
This ballad begins: 'The laverock mounts the airy sky, / And pours his sweetest notes on high, / They charm the wanderer's ear gaun by, / But no sae much as Sannie, O!' The chorus begins: 'Then hey for Sannie, clever chiel, / Then hoy for Sannie, famed fu' weel'.
This ballad begins: 'The sea was bright, and the bark wore well / The breeze bore the tone of the vasper bell. / 'Twas a gallant bark. with a crew as brave / As ever launch'd on the heaving wave.' A 'bark' is a small sailing ship, usually one with three masts and a square-sized stern. Below the title, a note states that 'Copies of this song can always be had at the Poets BOX BOX 190 192 Overgate DUNDEE'. Unfortunately, no date of publication is included on the sheet.
Who But I Quoth Finlay
Verse 1: 'There dwells a Man into this Town, / some say they call him Finlay, / He is a brisk and able Man, / O! if I knew but Finlay,' The ballad was to be 'Sung with it's own proper Tune'.
Widdows Rant; or, a Wedding-Song upon Widdow Jackson in Borthuicks-Clos
Verse 1: 'All ye Wifes in this Town / Thats moved for your Men, / And ye that puts on Mourning deep / When they are dead for them;' This ballad was apparently 'Composed by one of her own SEXES'.
Widow MacFarlane's Lamentation for Her Son
This ballad begins: 'On the Banks of Clyde I happened to wander, / In the month of August, when flowers was in bloom; / On the beauties of nature my mind it did ponder, / I heard an aged female who was making sad moan'. A woodcut illustration has been included at the top of the sheet, showing three men standing in front of a crouching figure. They are in a room with a vaulted ceiling.
Verse 1 begins: 'Now tell me, Mary, how is that you can look so gay, / When evening after evening your husband is away?' This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. There is a woodcut illustration included above the title which depicts a desert scene of women and men interacting.
Will You Love Me Then As Now?
Verse 1 begins: 'You have told me that you love me, / And your heart's thoughts seem to speak'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. There is a woodcut illustration at the top of the sheet which depicts the Prince of Wales' crest.
William and Herriet
This ballad begins: 'There was a rich gentleman in Glasgow did dwell, / He had a lovely daughter a sailor loved well; / Because she was handsome and loved him so true, / Her father he wanted her to bid him adieu.' A woodcut illustration of a sailing vessel has been included above the title.
William Burke.--A New Song
This crime ballad begins: 'Come all you resurrection men, I pray you now beware, / You see what has happened William Burke, and likewise William Hare. / Hare he help a lodging house it was in the West Port, / Where all kinds of travellers unto it did resort.' Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the subject matter suggests that it was almost certainly published in Edinburgh, in, or around, 1829. The ballad was written by John Logan, whose name is included after the last line. Below the ballad is a clipping regarding what course of action was taken against Dr Knox, the official who purchased the bodies from Burke and Hare.
William Burke's Confession
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye people of this nation, come listen unto me, / To young and old I will unfold this horrid trudge'. The woodcut, included above the title, depicts two men, one is possibly a boy, building a scarecrow in a field. There are no publication details attached to this sheet.
William Burke's Murders in the Westport
Verse 1 begins: 'People of Scotland give an ear in this sad tale, / It will make your hearts burn, and your faces turn pale, / Concerning a deed which has lately been done, / The like was ne'er heard of since the world begun.'
William Burke's Murders in the Westport' and 'Late Murders. A New Song
The first ballad begins: 'Ye people of Scotland give ear to this sad tale, / It will make your hearts burn, and your faces turn pale, / Concerning a deed which has lately been done, / The like was ne'er heard of since the world began.'
William Burk's Execution
Verse 1: 'Let old and young unto my song a while attention pay, / The news I'll tell will please you well, the monster Burke's away. / At the head of Libberton Wynd he finished his career, / There's few, I'm sure, rich or poor, for him would shed a tear.' This broadside carries no publication details. A short news report headlined 'QUEEN-SQUARE' has been pasted on to the sheet beneath the ballad.
Willie Winkies Testament
This ballad begins: ' MY Daddie left me geer enough, / A coulter and an old Beam Plough, / A nebbed staff and a nuting Tyne, / An Angle Bend with Hook and Line.' It was to be sung to the tune of 'Willie Winkies Farewell'. A 'coulter' was a piece of farm machinery and a 'nuting Tyne' was a nut-hook.
Verse 1: 'When night's dark mantle has covered all / I come in fire arrayed; / many a victim I've seen fall, / Or fly from me dismay'd. / Will-o'-the-wisp! they trembling cry, / Will-o'-the -wisp! 'tis he! / To mark their fright as off they fly / Is merry sport for me.' This ballad was to be sung to an 'Original' tune, and was priced at one penny. It was published on Saturday, 1st May 1869 by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
Verse 1: 'YOU men and you wives lend an ear to my song, / I warrant 'twill please you and not keep you long, / Indeed it's no joke but the truth I declare, / It's concerning your wives a trimming of their hair.' The broadside was published by Robert McIntosh of 96 King Street, Calton, in Glasgow. Although it is not dated it is likely to have been published in the mid-nineteenth century, when McIntosh is known to have had premises at this address.