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Found in 1811.abc from the John Chambers music book abc collection
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the BOATIE ROWS 1811 O weel may the boa tie row, And bet ter may she 4 2 speed, And lie some may the boa tie row, That wins the bairns' bread, The boa tie rows, the boa tie rows, The boa tie rows in deed; And weel may the Boa tie row, That wins my bairns' bread. 2. I coost my line in Largo Bay, And fishes I catch'd nine, There was three to boil, and three to fry, And three to bait the line. The boatie rows, the boatie rows, The boatie rows indeed, And happy be the lot o' a', Who wishes her to speed. 3. O weel may the boatie row. That fills a heavy creel, And cleads us a' frae tap to tae, And buys our parritch meal. The boatie rows, the boatie rows, The boatie rows indeed, And happy be the lot of a' That wish the boatie speed. 4. When Jamie vow'd he wad be mine. And wan frae me my heart, O muckle lighter grew my creel; He swore we'd never part, The boatie rows, the boatie rows. The boatie rows fu' weel, And muckle lighter is the load, When love bears up the creel. 5. My kurtch I put upo' my head, And dress'd mysel' fu' braw; I trow my heart was douf and wae. When Jamie gaed awa'. But weel may the boatie row, And lucky be her part, And lightsome be the lassie's care, That yields an honest heart. 6. When Sawney, Jock, and Janetie, Are up, and gotten lear, They'll help to gar the boatie row, And lighten a' our care. The boatie rows, the boatie rows, The boatie rows fu' weel, And lightsome be her heart that bears The murlain and the creel. 7. And when wi' age we're worn down, And hirpling round the door, They'll row to keep us dry and warm, As we did them before. Then weel may the boatie row, She wins the bairns' bread; And happy be the lot o' a', That wish the boatie speed. www.abcnotation.com/tunes

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