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Broadside ballad entitled 'Return o' the Gallowgate Lad'
RETURN O' THE
This Popular Song can always be had
Tune-My Love Nell.
I 'm as happy as a, queen, and the day gangs alang
Like an hour in the month o' May,
For my lad's come back the day.
Since my love bade me gudebye ;
For I've done nocht but cry.
But Jock's come back, and well hear his crack,
About the lang ane and twenty days ;
He's come hame wi' his sodger's claes.
He never sent a letter a' the time he was awa',
Though he micht, for I'd dune't for him ;
Such neglect's an awfu' sin.
But I'll talk to him when I get him by mysel',
And I'll let him ken my mind ;
Still I think in his heart he is kind.
I've heard that he courted anither lass when awa'?
Do you think he would be that bad ?
Yet I think that he's still my lad.
But it's natural that he should ;
So ye see that it rins in the bluid.
He's never got promoted, tho' I'm certain that he micht,
But he blacked the corporal's eye,
When I first saw my love come nigh..
Made us wish he'd keep them on ;
I ca'd him nocht else but "John."
He kissed my mither first when he cam' into the house,
There's nae jealousy in my breast,
And he noticed me the least.
And could hardly stand, I seed;
I wish he'd stop at hame, then I'd keep him for himsel',
My brave-lookin' Gallowgate lad.
Probable period of publication:
1880-1900 shelfmark: L.C.Fol.70(42a)