Traditional Scottish Songs
- The Band o' Shearers

The shearers in this "bothy ballad" are not working with sheep, but cutting the grain crops with a sickle.

The Band o' Shearers

Oh summer days and heather bells
   Come blooming owre yon high hill,
There's yellow corn in a' the fields,
   And autumn brings the shearin'.

Bonnie lassie will ye gang
   And shear wi' me the hale day lang?
And love will cheer us as we gang
   Tae join yon band o' shearers.


Oh, if the weather be owre hot
   I'll cast my cravat and my coat
And shear wi' ye amang the lot,
   When we join yon band o' shearers.


And if the thistle is owre strang,
   And pierce your lily milk-white hand,
It's wi' my hook I'll cut them down,
   When we gang tae the shearin'.


And if the weather be owre dry,
   They'll say there's love twixt you and I
But we will proudly pass them by,
   When we join the band o' Shearers.


And when the shearin' it is done
   And slowly sets the evening sun,
We'll have some rantin' roarin' fun,
   And gang nae mair tae the shearin'.

Final Chorus:

So bonnie lassie bricht and fair
   Will ye be mine for evermair?
If ye'll be mine, then I'll be thine,
   And we gang nae mair tae the shearin'.

Meaning of unusual words:
shearin' = cutting grain crops with a sickle
gang = go
hale day lang = whole day long
owre = over
gang nae mair = go no more

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