Songs by Robert Burns

Bob Hay & the Jolly Beggars song book

Guid-wife count the lawin

   C                   G                
Gane is the day and mirk's the night
     Am                    Em
But we'll ne'er stray for faut of light
    C                G
For ale and brandy's stars and moon
     Am                 Em
And blude-red wine's the rysin sun.
         C                  F
	Then guid-wife count the lawin
         G         Em
	the lawin, the lawin,
         C                  Am
	Then guid-wife count the lawin
         C             G
	and bring a coggie mair.

There's wealth and ease for gentlemen,
And semple-folk maun fecht and fen;
But here we're are in ae accord
For ilka man that's drunk's a lord.

My coggie is a haly pool
That heals the wounds o' care and dool;
And pleasurre is a wanton trout,
An' ye drink it a', ye'll find him out.

Everyday my wife tells me
That ale and brandy will ruin me;
But if gude liquor be me dead,
This shall be written on my head,

guid-wife = lady bartender
lawin = the amount owed, the tab
coggie = cog, a shot

Arrangement © 2005 Bob Hay (BMI). All Rights Reserved.