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Cauldrife Wooer
(Brisk Young Lad)
Traditional. Scheduled for an upcoming Darby CD.
notes: The insincere lover. The young man pretended to be interested in
the girl. He just wanted to get warm and fed. When she discovers his
subtrafuge she chases him. He slips in the water by the door, left by the
snow that melted from him as he entered.
Brisk Young Lad
(Trad.)

        G                                 D7       G
There cam’ a young lad tae my daddy’s door
                              D          D7
My daddy’s door, my daddy’s door
        G                                 D7        G
There cam’ a young lad tae my daddy’s door
                    D        D7     G
Cam’ a-seekin’ me tae woo


And woh, but he was a bonnie young lad
A brisk young lad and a braw young lad
Woh but he was a bonnie young lad
Cam’ a-seekin’ me tae woo

I was a-bakin’ when he cam’
When he cam’, when he cam’
I took him in an’ I gied him a scone
Tae thaw his frozen mou

I set ‘im doon aside the bink
I gied him breid an’ ale tae drink
But ne’er a blythe stime wad he blink
Untae his wame was fu’

Oh, get ye gane, ye cauldrife wooer
Ye soor-lookin’ cauldrife wooer
I straicht-way shooed him tae the door
Sayin’: cam’ nae mair tae woo

There lay a duek-dub afore the door
Afore the door, afore the door
There lay a duek-dub afore the door
And there he tripped and fell

Oot cam’ the auld man and hie, did he shout
Oot cam’ the auld wife, an’ lour, did she laugh
Anither two neighbore were gaithered about
And there he lay, it’s true

Oot cam’ I and I sneered an’ I smiled
I says: Young man, yer a’ beguiled
Ye’ve cam’ tae woo an’ yer a’ befiled
We’ll ha’e nae mair o’ you