Traditional Scottish Songs
- A Wee Drap o' Whisky

We can just picture the weary ploughman wending his way home after a hard day's toil, singing this song in praise of a "Wee Drap o' Whisky". The "wee drap" turns out to be half a pint but it seems to make him (and his girl-friend) feel contented, and who could argue with that?

A Wee Drap o' Whisky

A wee drap o' whisky I tak' when I'm weary
   My blood for to warm and my spirits to cheer
And when I sit doon I intend to be merry
   So fill up a bumper and bring it round here.

I can scarce get a hauf oor when I am weary
   To tell you the truth I am wrocht very sore
My ploo and my lassie are a' my whole pleasure
   We'll baith tak' a kiss an' hae a drap mair.

Contented I sit and contented I labour
   Contented I drink and contented I sing
I never dispute nor fa' oot wi' my neebors
   For that is a mean and contentious thing.

Oh few, very few ever hear me compleenin'
   Though oftimes the load of oppression I bear
Oh fat is the use o' a man aye compleenin'
   For aye fan he tastes, he maun hae a drap mair.

Come noble waiter, bring in a large measure,
   I mean hauf a mutchkin, the best o' the toon
An' when it is drunken, it's time to be joggin
   Wi' the lightest o' care we'll gang toddlin' hame.

So good night to you all, I think it's nae treason,
   Altho' that the whisky speaks saft in my ear
Good night and safe home, till further occasion
   We'll a' meet in friendship and hae a drap mair.

Meaning of unusual words:
bumper=full to the brim
mutchkin=a measure of liquid equal to about a pint

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