Donald McGillavry

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about

Most people know a version of this song in 4/4 as pioneered by Silly Wizard. This version, in 6/8, was publish by Ewan McColl in the 60's. Same grumpy Donald, different metre. ~ Jeremy A. Cook

lyrics

Donald's gane up the hill hard and hungry,
Donald's come down the hill wild and angry;
Donald will clear the gouk's nest cleverly,
Here's to the king and Donald MacGillavry
Come like a weighbauk, Donald MacGillavry,
Come like a weighbauk, Donald MacGillavry,
Balance them fair, and balance them cleverly:
Off wi' the counterfeit, Donald MacGillavry.

Donald's come down the hill but his tether, man,
As he were wud, or stang'd wi' an ether, man;
When he comes back, there's some will look merrily:
Here's to King James and Donald MacGillavry
Come like a weaver, Donald MacGillavry,
Come like a weaver, Donald MacGillavry,
Pack on your back, and elwand sae cleverly;
Gie them full measure, my Donald MacGillavry.

Donald has foughten we' rief and roguery;
Donald has dinner'd wi' banes and beggary,
Better it were for Whigs and Whiggery
Meeting the devil than Donald MacGillavry.
Come like a tailor, Donald MacGillavry,
Come like a tailor, Donald MacGillavry,
Push about, in and out, thimble them cleverly,
Here's to King James and Donald MacGillavry.

Donald's the callan that brooks nae tangleness;
Whigging and prigging and a' newfangleness,
They maun be gane: he winna be baukit, man:
He maun hae justice, or faith he'll tak it man.
Come like a cobler, Donald MacGillavry,
Come like a cobler, Donald MacGillavry,
Beat them, and bore them, and lingel them cleverly,
Up wi' King James and Donald MacGillavry.

Donald was mumpit wi' mirds and mockery;
Donald was blinded wi' blads o' property;
Arles ran high, but makings were naething, man,
Lord, how Donald is flyting and fretting, man.
Come like the devil, Donald MacGillavry,
Come like the devil, Donald MacGillavry,
Skelp them and scaud them that proved sae unbritherly,
Up wi' King James and Donald MacGillavry!

credits

from Whiskey, War & Whatnot, released March 16, 2016
Donald McGillavry - James Hogg
Adew Dundee - Traditional Scottish

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The Residuals Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan's one-of-a-kind Prairie Celtic band, the Residuals, has been playing acoustic folk music for over ten years. Drawing on Irish, Scottish, and Maritime music, they are at the forefront of a living Prairie Celtic tradition.

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