- Cope sent a challenge free Dunbar, "Charlie meet me if ye daur,
And I'll learn you the art of war, If you'll meet me in the morning".
- Hey! Johnnie Cope are ye wauking yet, Or are your drums a-beating yet;
If ye were wauking I would wait, To gand to the coals i’ the morning.
- When Charlie looked the letter upon, He drew his sword the scabbard from;
"Come follow me my merry, merry men,and we'll meet Johnnie Cope in the morning”.
- Now Johnnie, be as guid’s your word, "Come let us try baith fire and sword;
And dinna rin awa' like a frightened bird,that's chased frae it's nest i' the morning".
- When Johnnie Cope he heard o’ this, He thought it widna be amiss
To hae a horse in readiness, To flee awa i' the morning.
- Fye, Johnnie, now git up and rin, The highland bagpipes mak' a din;
It's best to sleep in a hale skin, For twill be a bluidy morning.
- When Johnnie Cope to Dunbar came, They spier'd at him, where's a' your men?
"The de'il confound me gin I ken, For I left them a' i’ the morning".
- Now, Johnnie, troth ye were na blate, To come wi' the news o' your ain defeat,
An' leave yer men in sic a strait, See early i' the morning.
- "I' faith," quoth Johnnie, "I got a fleg, Wi' their lang claymores and philabegs,
If I face them again. De'il break my legs, Sae I wish ye a good morning".
From the collection Songs From Hazzards Huzzah