The History of Leith

June 9, 2006

Drink and be Merry; or, The Bold 42!

Verse 1 and chrous: ‘There was a puir lassie I pity her lot, / Her lad went and listed to wear the red coat, / To wear the red coat he has gaen faur awa’, / Oh, my love’s gone and listed in the bold forty-twa. / Let us drink and be merry / All sorrows refrain, / For we may and may never / All meet here again.’ The broadside was published by The Poet’s Box, 224 Overgate, Dundee, which advertises at the top of the sheet, ‘NEW SONGS OUT EVERY WEEK’, and at the bottom, ‘Songs sent to any part of the country on receipt of postage stamps’. for more click here

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