The Deil's awa' wi' the Exciseman (Edward Sweeting)

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Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2020-11-18).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Deil's awa' wi' the Exciseman
Composer: Edward Sweeting
Lyricist: Robert Burns

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1919

Description: Originally published by Novello and Co, part-song book number 1337

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

The deil cam fiddlin' thro' the town,
And danc'd awa wi' th' Exciseman,
And ilka wife cries, "Auld Mahoun,
I wish you luck o' the prize, man."

Chorus
The deil's awa, the deil's awa,
The deil's awa wi' the Exciseman,
He's danc'd awa, he's danc'd awa,
He's danc'd awa wi' the Exciseman.

We'll mak our maut, and we'll brew our drink,
We'll laugh, sing, and rejoice, man,
And mony braw thanks to the meikle black deil,
That danc'd awa wi' th' Exciseman.
Chorus

There's threesome reels, there's foursome reels,
There's hornpipes and strathspeys, man,
But the ae best dance ere came to the land
Was-the deil's awa wi' the Exciseman.
Chorus