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Take your ald Cloak about you
This ballad begins: 'IN Winter when the Rain rains cald, / And frost and snaw on Elka Hill.' This sheet was published by John Moncur of Sclater's Close, Edinburgh in 1707.
Tam Gibb and his Sow
Verse 1: 'Quo' Nell, my wife, the ither day, / Provisions they are cheap man; / And for the trifle it wud tak', / A sow we weel micht keep, man; / Indeed, says I, my dearest Nell, / I've just been thinking sae mysel', / And since we've on the notion fell, / I'll just gang doon to Mattie Broon, / This afternoon, and vera soon / Bring hame yin in a rape, man.'
Tammie the Tollman
Verse 1 (to the tune of 'Oxgangs'): 'There is a wee house stands at the Bridgend, / A canty wee fire, I'm sure ye may ken, / For a' the folk round about, callants an' meu / Comes in to see Tammie the tollman.' Below the title we are given detailed information about the poet and his published works. A 'tollman' collected tolls from travellers on turnpike roads. 'Canty' means cheerful and 'callants' is 'an affectionate term for lads'.
Tammy Draw in Yer Chair
This ballad begins: 'Noo, yae simmer's nicht I gaed oot for a / walk, / An' wis daunnerin' alang by a stream, / When a bonnie bit lassie I happened tae / meet, / She wis spreadin' oot claes on the green.' Sung by J.G. Roy with great success, this song could be purchased from 192 Overgate, Dundee, for one penny.
Verse 1: 'When I used to work on the levee, / many happy darkies there you see; / Cotton coming in so very heavy, / Oh, jolly, there was lots of work for me; / Black man hauling in the cargo, / Sun am very hot upon the head; / When he done he dance a jargo, / Rum, tum on the banjo, and then to bed.' This song was to be sung to an 'Original' tune. The broadside, priced one penny, was published on Saturday, 4th June 1870 by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
Tara Monster Meeting
Verse 1 begins: 'On the fifteenth day of August, / In the year of Forty Three, / That glorious day, I well may say, / Recorded it will be'. There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Verse 1: 'I am the king of sporting blades, / In Dublin city used to abide, / For courting the pretty fair maids, / Both far and near; / I have been in Italy and, / I have been in France and Spain, / Sicily and Germany, / And now I am back home again.'
This ballad begins: 'When Charlie first came to the North, / With the manly looks o' a Highland laddie'.There is no place or date of publication.
Verse 1: 'CHRISTMAS Time while mirth abounded, / Thro the country far and wide, / Happy homes are turned to sadness, / Dear friends in death lay side by side / Young and old upon the railway, / In the fatal train that day, / Litle thought to death were going, / From this life they've passed away.'
Tay Bridge Disaster
Verse 1: 'In this gay and festive season, / We must deplore the loss of life, / Human-beings endowed with reason, / Bent on pleasure, not on strife, / Suddenly life is taken away from them, / In a moment they are swept away, / Death has swiftly come upon them, / At the railway bridge on the River Tay.' This ballad was to be sung to an air entitled 'The Battle'.
The first two lines of this ballad read: 'You see before you an Irish gossoon, / From Castleblaney to this town I came,'. It is to be sung to the 'Original' tune, which suggests that people were already familiar with both the song and tune. Priced at one penny, copies were available from the Poet's Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow.
This ballad begins: 'Two jolly old Topers once sat at an inn, / Discussing the merits of Brandy and Gin'. The sheet was published by R. McIntosh of 96 King Street, Calton, which is in Glasgow.
Verse 1: 'Let ilk drouthie neighbour that likes a wee drap, / Rejoice o' the gill-stoup, and laugh o'er the cup, / Let them boast o' their fiddle, and crack o' their sang, / But the Tee-total job's been a guid thing for me. / Let them boaet &c.' 'llk' means 'each', 'drouthie' means 'thirsty' and a 'gill-stoup' is a tumbler or pitcher that holds one gill of fluid.
Verse 1 begins: 'Come fill up your Glasses, / And drink your toast round'. It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and there is a woodcut depiction of a windmill and grand house included at the top of the sheet.
Terrible fate that awaits English pirates such as Captain Thomas Green
This report and ballad begins: 'A Seasonable Advice, / TO ALL / who encline to go in Pirrating ; / DRAWN FROM / What has happ'ned to Captain Green, / as it were from his ovvn mouth, / One of that rank. / To the tune of, to the weaver if ye go, &c.' The name of the publisher is not included.
The --- ---'s DREAM; OR THE Devil opposing the Resurrection Men
The first verse reads: 'AT rest on a sofa the --- --- was laid, / Not asleep --- yet a drowziness over him hung ; / Some say that he thought on his bills yet unpaid, / But the notion at this time was certainly wrong.' Unfortunately, no publication details have been included.
The Bible Valued by the Little Wanderers. Founded on Fact
Verse 1: 'Two little boys, whose pallid looks / Bespoke them worn with care, / Came to a house in Haddington, / And ask'd for lodgings there.' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated.
The Bonnie Lasses' Answer
Verse 1: 'Farewell to Glasgow, / Likewise to Lanarkshire, / And Farewell my dearest parents, / For I'llne'er see you mair; / For the want of pocket money, / And for the want of cash, / Makes mony a bonny laddie / To leave his bonny lass.' The broadside was published by James Lindsay of King Street in Gasgow. It is not dated.
The Grass Will Grow Again
This ballad begins: 'Let your motto ne'er be strow, / For singhing always gives me pain, / Clouds and steams will rise to-morrow, / And the grass will grow again.' It was written and sung by Harry Linn and could be purchased from the Poet's Box, 182 Overgate, Dundee.
The King! God Bless Him, Merrily Pass, Scots, Come O'er the Border and Tell Me Love, Where Shall We Meet
The first ballad begins: 'A goblet of Burgundy, fill, fill, for me / Give those who prefer it, champagne'.
The second ballad begins: 'MERRILY pass the glass around, / We'll spend a night of glee'.
The third ballad begins: 'March! March! Ettrick and Teviotdale, / Why, the de'il, dinnar ye march forward in order?'
The fourth ballad begins: 'Say, shall we meet when the sun is glowing, / Down by the streamlet softly flowing'.
There's A Corner For You At My Fireside Still
This ballad begins: 'One day while walking down the street, an old pal I did meet, / I scarcely would have known him, for he looked so ill and weak, / And as he grasped me by the hand, these words to me he said - / Dear Jim, I don't know what to do, for all I love are dead.' A note below the title states that this ballad was 'Written by D. Milligan, sung T. Ball, of Dundee', and that 'Copies of this can be had at the Pox Box, Overgat, Dundee'.
There's Whisky in the Jar
Verse 1: 'I'm a bold Irish hero, who never yet was daunted, / In the courting of a pretty girl I very seldom wanted, / In the courting of a pretty girl I own it was my folly, / I would venture my life for you, my pretty Molly.' Chorus: 'Mush a ring a do a da, fal lal da do da addy, / Mush a ring a do a da, there's whisky in the jar.' This broadside was printed by the Poet's Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow, on 'Saturday morning, Dec. 16, 1871'.
They Were There
This ballad begins: 'I'm a very absent-minded man, / I'll have you understand, / I might be looking for a thing, / And have it in my hand'. Below the title we are told that 'This popular song can always be had at the Poet's Box, OVERGATE, DUNDEE'.
They're a' teasing me
Verse 1: 'O' wha is he I love sae well? / who has my heart an a' / O wha is he, 'tis sair to tell, / he's o'er the seas awa,. / There's Charlie, he's a sodger lad. / and Davie blythe is he; / And Willie in his tartan plaid, / they're a' a' teasing me.' The address of the publisher has been obscured on this broadside, although an advertisement for another of its publications, 'The Ball-Room Companion', has been left intact.
Things I'd like to see
This ballad begins: 'Come all you good people wherever you be / Of high and low station and every degree, / If you'll pay attention and listen to me - / I'll tell you a few things I'd like to see.'
Thinking of Home
This ballad begins: 'Many a night, from the silent deck, / Have I gaz'd on the stars above, / And I've looked abroad o'er the tranquil sea / Till my heart was filled with love. / Thinking of home, and the dear ones there, Till I felt the tear-drops flow; / Breathing in slience a fervent pray'r / For the friends of long ago.' It was to be sung to an 'Original' tune, was priced at one penny, and was published on Saturday, 25th September 1869 by the Poet's Box in Glasgow.
Third Edition Of The Gilmerton Murderers
This report begins: 'How now! Ye secret black and midnight fiends! / What's this ye do? A deed without a name! -- Shakespeare. High Court of Justiciary. -- July 12, 1830.' Printed by Forbes and Owen. The opening quotation to this broadside is taken from 'Macbeth'.
Those Wedding Bells Shall Not Ring Out, The Flight of Ages, Sing Again that Sweet Refrain, and Just as the Sun Went Down
The first ballad begins: 'A sexton stood one Sabbath eve within a belfry grand, / Awaiting signal from the church with bell-rope in his hand'. The second ballad begins: 'I heard a song, a tender song, / 'Twas sung for me alone'.The third ballad begins: 'A music hall was crowded in a city o'er the sea, / Brilliant lights were flashing everywhere'. The fourth ballad begins: 'After the din of the battle's roar, / Just at the close of day'.
Three short news items from 1824
The leading report on this broadside begins: 'An account of that Fatal Quarrel which took place bewteen Mr Mathieson (public house keepr in North Fowlis's Close, High street,) and his wife, on Wednesday last'. Also reported are a 'Melancholy Accident' involving the sinking of a boat in Inverness, and a 'Melancholy Suicide' in London. The sheet was published by Alexander Brown of Edinburgh in 1824.
Thy Voice Is Near
This ballad begins: 'Thy voice is near me in my dreams, / In accents sweet and low, / Telling of happiness and love, / In days long, long ago.' A note below the title states that 'Copies of this very popular song can always be had in the Poet's Box', and that the ballad should be sung to an original tune. The sheet was printed on the Saturday morning of November 27th, 1869, and cost one penny.