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Captain Car, or, Edom o Gordon

No: 178; variant: 178C

  1. ‘LUK ye to yon hie castel, Yon hie castel we see; A woman’s wit’s sun oercum, She’ll gie up her house to me.’
  2. She ca’d to her merry men a’, ‘Bring me my five pistols and my lang gun;’ The first shot the fair lady shot, She shot seven of Gordon’s men.
  3. He turned round about his back, And sware he woud ha his desire, And if that castel was built of gowd, It should gang a’ to fire.
  4. Up then spak her doughter deere, She had nae mair than she: ‘Gie up your house, now, mither deere, The reek it skomfishes me.’
  5. ‘I’d rather see you birnt,’ said she, ‘And doun to ashes fa, Ere I gie up my house to Adam of Gordon, And to his merry men a’.
  6. ‘I’ve four and twenty kye Gaing upo the muir; I’d gie em for a blast of wind, The reek it blaws sae sour.’
  7. Up then spak her little young son, Sits on the nourrice knee: ‘Gie up your house, now, mither deere, The reek it skomfishes me.’
  8. ‘I’ve twenty four ships A sailing on the sea; I’ll gie em for a blast of southern wind, To blaw the reek frae thee.
  9. ‘I’d rather see you birnt,’ said she, ‘And grund as sma as flour, Eer I gie up my noble house, To be Adam of Gordon’s hure.’