Buy broom buzzems (William Whittaker)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-20)  CPDL #78386:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 735 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Buy broom buzzems
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Whittaker
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, divisi
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1914 Stainer & Bell

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

If ye want a buzzem
For to sweep your hoose,
Come to me, ma hinnies,
Ye may hae your choose,

Buy broom buzzems,
Buy them when they’re new,
Fine heather breduns,
Better never grew.

Buzzems for a penny,
Rangers for a plack,
If ye winnot buy,
I’ll tie them on me back.

If aa had a horse,
Aa wad heve a cairt,
If aa had a wife,
She wad tyek me pairt.

If aa had a wife,
Aa care not what she be,
If she’s but a woman
That’s enyuf fu me.

If she liked a drappie,
Her and I’d agree,
If she didn’t like it
There’s the mair for me.