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> Traditional Song About The Black Watch, 'Wha saw the Forty-second?'
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Posted: 07-Jan-2004, 06:49 AM
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I'm copying this from a thread in the politics forum - as it might be of interest to people who do not visit there!

This was a song that we all learned as children - about the Black Watch - they think it was inspired by 'Whae widnae fecht fur Chairlie' - a Jacobite song... They are certainly sung to the same tune (I am typing the words from memory, so the verses may be in the wrong order. Although the first verses are written in Lallans, the third and last verses were always sung in the Doric - ie the accent of Aberdeen and surrounding areas - hence the Fa for 'wha' and 'ava' for 'at all) )...


[B]Wha saw the 42nd[/B]

Wha saw the `Forty-second'
Wha saw them gang awa'?
Wha saw the `Forty-second'
Marchin' doon the Broomielaw.
Some o' them had buits and stockin's,
Some o' them had nane at a',
Some o' them had tartan trousers,
Marchin' doon the Broomielaw.

Wha saw the `Forty-second'
Wha saw them gang awa'?
Wha saw the `Forty-second'
Marchin' doon the Broomielaw.
Some o' them had kilts and sporrans,
Some o' them had nane at a',
Some o' them had braw Glengarries
Marchin' doon the Broomielaw

Saw ye the Forty-Second?
Saw ye them gang awa'?
Saw ye the Forty-Second
Marching to the Broomielaw?
Some o' them had boots an' stockin's,
Some o' them had nane ava;
Some o' them had tartan plaidies,
Marching to the Broomielaw.

Fa saw the Forty-Second,
Fa saw them gang awa?
Fa saw the Forty-Second
Gaein' to the Waupinschaw?
Some o' them gat chappit tatties,
Some o' them gat nane ava.
Some o' them gat barley bannocks,
Gaein' to the Waupinschaw.

Fa saw the Forty-Second,
Fa saw them gang awa?
Fa saw the Forty-Second
Marchin' doun the Broomielaw?
Some of them had tartan troosers,
Some of them had nane ava,
Some of them had green umbrellas,
Marchin' doun the Broomielaw.

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