Harry Lauder, A Wee Deoch-an-Doris

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Written and composed by Gerald Grafton and Harry Lauder
Recorded on 18th October 1911

Harry Lauder
Harry Lauder

Lyrics

There’s a good old Scottish custom that has stood the test o’ time.
It’s a custom that’s been carried out in ev’ry land and clime.
Where brother Scots foregather, it’s aye the usual thing,
Just before we say “Good nicht,” we fill our cups and sing:

[CHORUS, sung twice] Just a wee deoch-an-doris, just a wee drap, that’s a’.
Just a wee deoch-an-doris before we gang awa’.
There’s a wee wifie waitin’ in a wee but-an-ben.
If you can say, “It’s a braw bricht moonlicht nicht,” well, ye’re a’ richt, ye ken.

I like a man that is a man, a man that’s straight and fair,
A sort of man that will and can in all things do his share.
I like a man, a jolly man, the sort o’ man, ye know,
The chap that slaps yer back and says, “Man, Jock, before we go—”

[CHORUS, sung twice] Just a wee deoch-an-doris, just a wee drap, that’s a’.
Just a wee deoch-an-doris before we gang awa’.
There’s a wee wifie waitin’ in a wee but-an-ben.
If you can say, “It’s a braw bricht moonlicht nicht,” well, ye’re a’ richt, ye ken.

I’ll invite ye a’ some other nicht, to come and bring yer wives,
And I’ll guarantee ye’ll have the grandest nicht in all yer lives.
I’ll have the bagpipes skirling. We’ll make the rafters ring,
And when ye’re tired and sleepy, why I’ll wake ye up an’ sing:

[CHORUS, sung twice] Just a wee deoch-an-doris, just a wee yin, that’s a’.
Just a wee deoch-an-doris before we gang awa’.
There’s a wee wifie waitin’ in a wee but-an-ben.
If you can say, “It’s a braw bricht moonlicht nicht,” well, ye’re a’ richt, ye ken.

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