Gudeen to you kimmer


Gudeen to you kimmer And how do ye do? Hiccup, quo' kimmer, The better that I'm fou. We're a' noddin, nid nid noddin, We'r a' nodding at our house at hame, We're a' noddin, nid nid noddin, We're a' noddin at our house at hame. Kate sits i' the neuk, Suppin hen-broo; Deil tak Kate An' she be na noddin too! How's a' wi' you, kimmer, And how do ye fare? A pint o' the best o't, And twa pints mair. How's a' wi' you, kimmer, And how do ye thrive; How mony bairns hae ye? Quo' kimmer, I hae five. Are they a' Johny's? Eh! Atweel no: Twa o' them were gotten When Johny was awa. Cats like milk And dogs like broo; Lads like lasses weel, And lasses lads too. We're a' noddin, nid nid noddin, We'r a' nodding at our house at hame, We're a' noddin, nid nid noddin, We're a' noddin at our house at hame.

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Paul Higgins

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It is read here by Paul Higgins.

Themes for this song

drink friendship

Selected for 11 August

This was the birthday of Christopher Murray Grieve who, under the pen name Hugh MacDiarmid, did nearly as much for his native country and its culture as his predecessor Burns. MacDiarmid used the slogan, 'not Burns, but Dunbar', to diminish the importance of Burns and promote that of the medieval makar and by implication, himself. This was maybe necessary since MacDiarmid's magnificence as a poet was not recognised quickly enough as his masterworks emerged. His favourite poem by Burns was Mary Morrison but the Bard's brilliant use of Scots inspired his own linguistic innovations. Each relished words like 'kimmer', a woman, a companion, usually talkative. And both men liked a dram!

Donny O'Rourke

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