The deil's awa' wi' th' exciseman (Willem Verkaik)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-25)  CPDL #34883:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2015-03-25).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 477 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The deil's awa' wi' th' exciseman
Composer: Willem Verkaik

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: Lowland Scots
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1990

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Original text and translations

Lowland_Scots.png Lowland Scots text

The deil cam' fiddelin' into the toon
and danced awa' wi' th'excise man,
and ilka wife cried Old Mahoun
I wish you luck o' the prize man,
the deil's awa' wi' th'ex cise man,
he's danced awa' wi' th'excise man.

We'll make our maut we'll brew our drink
we'll dance and sing and rejoice man,
and many braw thanks to the muckle black deil
that's danced awa' wi' th'excise man,
the deil's awa'…

There's threesome reels there's foursome reels,
there's hornpipes and strathspeys man,
but the ae best dance ever came to the land
was the deil's awa'…