We’re A’ Noddin’ (John Ebenezer West)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78302:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 682 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: We’re A’ Noddin’
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: John Ebenezer West
Lyricist: Traditional
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: Lowland Scots
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1910 Bayley & Ferguson
    2nd published: 1912 Theodore Presser Co.

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Original text and translations

Lowland_Scots.png Lowland Scots text

And we’re a’ noddin’, nid, nid, noddin’,
And we’re a’ noddin’ at our house at hame.

Gude e’en to ye, kimmer,
And are ye alane?
Oh, come and see how blythe are we,
For Jamie he’s cam’ hame.
And O, but he’s been lang awa’,
And O, my heart was sair,
As I sobb’d out a lang farewell,
Maybe, to meet nae mair.

Oh, sair ha’e I fought,
Ear’ and late did I toil,
My bairnies for to feed and clead—
My comfort was their smile!
When I thocht on Jamie far awa’,
An’ o’ his love sae fain,
A bodin’ thrill cam’ thro’ my heart,
We’d maybe meet again.

When he knocket at the door,
I thocht I kent the trap,
And little Katie cried aloud,
“My daddie he’s cam’ back!”
A stoun, gaed thro’ my anxious breast,
As thochtfully I set,
I raise—I gazed—fell in his arms,
And bursted out and grat.