Artist: Burns Robert
No Churchman Am I
No Churchman am I
No Churchman am I for to rail and to write,
No Statesman nor Soldier to plot or to fight,
No sly Man of business contriving a snare,
For a big-belly'd bottle's the whole of my care.
The Peer I don't envy, I give him his bow;
I scorn not the Peasant, tho' ever so low;
But a club of good fellows, like those that are here,
And a bottle like this, are my glory and care.
Here passes the Squire on his brother-his horse;
There Centum per Centum, the Cit with his purse;
But see you the Crown how it waves in the air,
There a big-belly'd bottle still eases my care.
The wife of my bosom, alas! she did die;
For sweet consolation to church I did fly;
I found that old Solomon proved it fair,
That a big-belly'd bottle's a cure for all care.
I once was persuaded a venture to make;
A letter inform'd me that all was to wreck;
But the pursy old landlord just waddl'd up stairs
With a glorious bottle that ended my cares.
Life's cares they are comforts, a maxim laid down
By the Bard, what d'ye call him, that wore the black gown;
And faith I agree with the old prig to a hair;
For a big-belly'd bottle's a heaven o care.
A Stanza added in a Masonic Lodge:
Then fill up a bumper and make it o'erflow,
And honours masonic prepare for to throw;
May every true brother of th' compass and square
Have a big belly'd bottle when harassd with care.
In III, the crown refers to a tavern sign in Mauchline, sporting the motto
of Sir J Whiteford's arms, "D'en Haut".
In VI, opening quote from Young's Night Thoughts.
Tune: Prepare, my dear brethern, to the tavern let's fly (27)
|1||Ae Fond Kiss|
|2||Amang The Trees|
|3||A Mans A Man For All That|
|4||A Mans A Man For A That|
|5||A Pint O Wine|
|6||Auld Lang Syne|
|7||A Waukrife Minnie|
|8||Awa Whigs Awa|
|9||Beware O Bonie Ann|
|10||Blythe Was She|
|12||Carl An The King Come|
|13||Cauld Frosty Morning|
|14||Comin Thro The Rye|
|22||Flow Gently Sweet Afton|
|23||Frae The Friends And Land I Love|
|25||Hey Tuti Tatey|
|27||Ill Mak You Be Fain To Follow Me|
|28||I Love My Love In Secret|
|29||I Maun Hae A Wife|
|30||I Sing Of A Whistle|
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|Burns Robert - Miscellaneous Album Lyrics|
|1.||Ae Fond Kiss|
|2.||Amang The Trees|
|3.||A Mans A Man For All That|
|4.||A Mans A Man For A That|
|5.||A Pint O Wine|
|6.||Auld Lang Syne|
|7.||A Waukrife Minnie|
|8.||Awa Whigs Awa|
|9.||Beware O Bonie Ann|
|10.||Blythe Was She|
|12.||Carl An The King Come|
|13.||Cauld Frosty Morning|
|14.||Comin Thro The Rye|
|22.||Flow Gently Sweet Afton|
|23.||Frae The Friends And Land I Love|
|25.||Hey Tuti Tatey|
|27.||Ill Mak You Be Fain To Follow Me|
|28.||I Love My Love In Secret|
|29.||I Maun Hae A Wife|
|30.||I Sing Of A Whistle|
|1||Parcel O' Rogues|
|2||Ye Hae Lien Wrang Lassie|
|3||Ye Banks And Braes|
|4||Whistle Oer The Lave Ot|
|5||Where Helen Lies|
|6||Where Braving Angry Winters Storms|
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