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Johnnie Cope

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  1. 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".
  2. 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.
  3. 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”.
  4. 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".
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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".
  8. 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.
  9. "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