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Graham Pirt Lyr Req: Women o' Dundee (Sheena Wellington) (5) Lyr Add: WOMEN O' DUNDEE (Sheena Wellington)^^ 21 Oct 99

A great song - written by Sheena Wellington whose family worked in the jute mills of Dundee. Sheena sang at the opening of the new Scottish Parliament.

Now the men they werena lazy, but the work was hard tae find
The Parish and the Means Test they'd to face,
But a lassie"s hands are nimble, and a lassie's wage is sma
So the women o Dundee worked in their place.

Chorus: And the wailin o the bummer and the clackin o the laims
Brought the women o Dundee oot o their bed
And they walked tae mills and factories
And they rocht frae seevin tae fehv And the women kept the bairns o Dundee fed

Now my mither an my granny an my aunties ain and a'
Went tae the laims the day they left the skail
They didna work for freedom, independence or the rest
They jist worked tae get some kitchen tae their kail.

Now the rhythm o their livin was the clackin o the laims
Their youth an health an strength was lost tae jait
But the weavers and the spinners and the winders o Dundee
Had a spirit that the hard times never bait.

Now you may boast a noble lineage and sing of your Highland clan
And hail some gallant chief who shares your name
But my line's as good as any and I'm very proud tae say
It was fae a Dundee weaver that I came.
Glossary; Werena - were not. Parish, Means Test - much hated forms of poor 'relief'. sma - small. Bummer - the mill horn which sounded at morning, midday & 5.30 laims - looms. Brocht - bought. rocht - worked. fae seevin tae fehv - from seven till five, a ten hour day. bairns - children. mither - mother. ain and a - one and all. skail - school. didna - didn't. jist - just. kitchen tae their kail - bread with broth, i.e. a bare living jait - jute. bait - beat.

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