CALLER HERRIN’
 
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Who'll buy my caller herrin'?
They're bonny fish and halesome farin'
Buy my caller herrin'
New drawn frae the Forth.

When ye were sleepin' on your pillows
Dreamed ye aught o' our puir fellows
Darkling as they faced the billows
A' to fill the woven willows?
Buy my caller herrin'
They're bonny fish and halesome farin'
Buy my caller herrin'
New drawn frae the Forth
Caller herrin'; caller herrin'.

An' when the creel o' herrin' passes
Ladies clad in silks and laces
Gather in their braw pelisses
Cast their heads and screw their faces
Buy my caller herrin'
They're no brought here without brave daring
Buy my caller herrin'
Hauled through the wind and rain?
Caller herrin'; caller herrin';

Noo, neebor wives, come, tent my tellin'
When the bonnie fish ye're sellin'
At ae word be in your dealin'
Truth will stand when a' things failin'
Buy my caller herrin'
O ye may ca' them vulgar farin'
Wives and mithers maist despairin'
Ca' them lives o' men
Caller herrin'; caller herrin';
 
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Written by Lady Caroline Nairne - 1823 (to traditional air)
Performed by Antoinette Sterling (1843-1904)
 
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