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The Carle He Cam' Ower The Craft

Scottish Song

The Carle He Cam' Ower The Craft (also known as The Carl Cam' Ower The Croft, The Carl Cam' He Came Ower The Croft, Carl Cam Our Craft and The Carle) is a song found in Ramsay's Tea-Table Miscellany.

The Carle Also appears in The Book of Scottish Song (1843) edited by Alexander Whitelaw and there is also an older version of the same song given in Thomson's Orpheus Caledonius, published in 1725.


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Carl Cam' Ower The Croft

The Carle From The Book Of Scottish Song

The carle he cam' ower the craft,
Wi' his beard new-shaven;
He looked at me as he'd been daft,-
The carle trowed that I wad ha'e him.
Hout awa'! I winna ha'e him!
Na, forsooth, I winna ha'e him!
For a' his beard new-shaven,
Ne'er a bit o' me will ha'e him.

A siller brooch he ga'e me neist,
To fasten on my curchie nookit.
I wore 't a wee upon my breist,
But soon, alake! the tongue o't crookit;
And sae may his; I winna ha'e him!
Na, forsooth, I winna ha'e him!
Twice-a-bairn's a lassie's jest;
Sae ony fool for me may ha'e him.

The carle has nae fault but ane;
For he has land and dollars plenty;
But, waes me for him, skin and bane
Is no for a plump lass of twenty.
Hout awa', I winna ha'e him!
Na, forsooth, I winna ha'e him!
What signifies his dirty riggs,
And cash, without a man wi' them?

But should my cankert daddie gar
Me tak' him 'gainst my inclination,
I warm the fumbler to beware
That antlers dinna claim their station.
Hout awa'! I winna ha'e him!
Na, forsooth, I winna ha'e him!
I'm fleyed to crack the holy band,
Sae lawty says, I should na hae him.


The Carle He Cam' Ower The Croft Image
The Carle He Cam' Ower The Croft, From Glen Collection Of Printed Music, A Collection Of Scots Songs, Page 215, c. 1733


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