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Comin' Through the Rye
Album: There Was A Lad
 
Robert Burns (1796)
There are a considerable number of Scottish tunes, known under different names, that have a strong family likeness, being different variations of the same song. The variations generally have the same tune but the words are changed as the song is passed down through generations. Although this is not one of Burns' versions, it is considered one of the better known versions.  
 

 
Gin a body meet a body,
Comin' through the rye
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need a body cry?
Ilka lassie has a laddie
Nane, they say, ha'e I
Yet a' the lads they smile at me
When comin' through the rye

Gin a body meet a body,
Comin' frae the well,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need a body tell?
Ilka lassie has a laddie,
Nane, they say, ha'e I,
But all the lads they smile at me
When coming though the rye.

Gin a body meet a body
Comin' frae the town,
Gin a body meet a body,
Need a body frown?
Ilka lassie has a laddie,
Nane, they say, ha'e I,
But all the lads they lo'e me weel
And what the waur am I?

Amang the train there is a swain
I dearly lo'e mysel'
But whaur his hame or what his name,
I dinna care to tell.
Ilka lassie has a laddie,
Nane, they say, ha'e I,
But all the lads they lo'e me weel
And what the waur am I?

 

Glossary
a': all
dinna; do not, don't
frae: from
gin: if
ha'e: have
ilka: each
lo'e: love
nane: none
waur: worse
whaur: where

 

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