Geordie

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There was a battle i’ the north
Among the nobles many,
The Laird of Gigh he’s killed a man,
The brother of his lady.

Where will I get a man or boy
That will win both goud and money
That will run into the north
And fetch to me my lady?

Up then spake a bonny boy
He was both blythe and merry
O I will run into the north
And fetch to you your lady

He has written a broad letter
And he’s seald it sad and sorry
He’s gaen it to that bonny boy
To take to his fair lady

Awa’ the bonny boy he’s gaen
He was both blythe and merrie
He’s to that fair lady gane
And taen her word frae Geordie

When she looked the letter upon
She was both sad and sorrie
‘O I’ll away to Edinburgh town
Myself and see my Geordie

‘Gar saddle to me the black,’ she says
‘The brown was neer sae bonny
And I’ll straight to Edinburgh
Myself and see my Geordie.’

When she came to that wan water
The boats was not yet ready
She wheeld her horse’s head around
And swimd at the Queen’s Ferry

When she came to the Parliament House
Among the nobles many
The rest sat all wi hat on head
But hat in hand sat Geordie

Up bespake an English lord
And he spake blythe and merrie
‘Was Geordie’s head upon the block
I am sure I would have his lady.’

Up bespake that lady fair
And O but she was sorrie!
‘If Geordie’s head were on the block
There’s never a man gain his lady

‘I have land into the north
And I have white rigs many
And I could gie them a’ to you
To save the life of Geordie

‘I have seven children in the north
And they seem very bonnie
And I could bear them a’ over again
For to win the life o Geordie.’

Up bespake the gude Argyle
He has befriended many
‘If ye’ll tell down ten hundred crowns
Ye’s win the life o Geordie.’

Some gaed her shillings, some her crowns
And some gaed her guineas many
And she’s telld down ten hundred crowns
And she’s won the life o Geordie

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