A Carter’s Blighted Hopes (original poem: John Murray - adapted Paul O’Brien)


Young Peggy was fair as an opening flower,

And well Tam, the carter, did love her;

An’ many a night when his day’s work was o’er,

In the Scuddy Road Tammy would woo her.


An’ his heart it wad leap most as high as his lip

As she vowed het eternal affection;

But Tam little thought Peg wad give him the slip,

An’ lead him tae pine in dejection.


There came a big Highland man down from the North,

Who blew loud his drone and his chanter;

He caught Peggy’s eye and she pledged him her troth,

When he told her how much he did want her.


When Tam heard the news he got fair in the blues

On revenge he decided instanter-

He would take a blue pill or that chap he would kill,

When blew on the drone an’ the chanter.


He concocted a plan, an’ he sought out his man,

But he soon lost his brag and his banter;

For he weighed fourteen stone, and stood six feet one,`

Did that chap with the drone an’ the chanter


Tam went straight to the Clyde, where oft by his side,

On an evening young Peggy did saunter;

And he cursed the day that his lass went away

With the chap with the drone an the chanter.


Yes, the Clyde would end all, but the water’s so cold,

No, I’ll let the jade see I can want her,

No, I’ll chuck up my job, I’ll accept the King’s bob,

Then farewell to both her and the chanter.


With a nice suit o’ clothes and well turned out toes,

I’ll get a lass if e’er I should want her,

But a bachelor I think I’ll remain a’ my days,

I’ll show my heels to the “jilt” and the chanter.