Tae The Begging
words and music traditional
To the beggin’ I will go will go,
To the beggin’ I will go.
Before I head out on the road, I’ll let me beard grow strong;
And my nails I will nae cut ’em, for the beggars wear them long.
I’ll put no water on my hands, and little on my face;
For still the lowner like I am, the more my trade I’ll grace.
And I’ll go to the tailor, with a wad of hodden gray,
I’ll have him make a cloak for me, that will keep me night and day.
When I come tae a farm-toon, I’ll say with hat in hand;
“Will the beggar-man get quarters here? Alas, I canna stand.”
And when they all come in about, It’s then I’ll start to sing,
And do my best to gather them, around about the ring.
If there’s a wedding in the town; you’ll surely find me there;
I’ll pour my kindest benisons, Upon the happy pair.
And some will give me beef and bread, And some will give me cheese;
And out and in among the folk, I’ll gaither the bawbees.
If beggin’ be as good as trade, As I hope it may,
It’s time that I was out o’ here, And headin’ doon the brae.
Chords: KEY G
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