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Johnny Cope

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Hey Johnny Cope are ye walking yet, or are your drums a beating yet
If ye were walking I would wait, tae gang tae the coals in the morning

Cope sent a challenge frae Dunbar, saying Charlie meet me an’ ye dare
An’ I’ll learn ye the art o’ war, ye’ll gang with me in the morning

When Charlie looked the letter upon he drew his sword the scabbard from
Come join with me my merry men and we’ll meet Johnny Cope in the morning

Now Johnny be as good as your word come let us try both fire and sword
And do not flee like a frighted bird that’s chased frae its nest in the morning

When Johnny Cope he heard o’ this, well he thought it wouldna’ be a miss
To have a horse in readiness, to flee awa’ in the morning

Hey Johnny Cope are ye walking yet or are your drums a beating yet
If ye were walking I would wait tae gang tae the coals in the morning

Fye now Johnny get up a’ run, for the Highland bagpipes mak’ a din
It’s best but to sleep in a hale skin for it will be a bloody morning

When Johnny Cope to Dunbar came, well they speared at him, “Where’s all your men?”
The de’il confound me gin I ken for I left them all in the morning

In faith now Johnny you were not brave, to come with the news of your own defeat,
And leave your men in such a straight, so early in the morning.

Faithful Johnny I got such flags from their claymores an’ their philabegs
If I meet them again, de’il break my legs, I bid you all a good morning.

Hey Johnny Cope are ye walking yet or are your drums a beating yet
If ye were walking I would wait tae gang tae the coals in the morning

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