Jock Cowan’s Bothy Ballad circa 1950
To the memory of the late Jock Cowan, the
only person I ever heard sing this song, normally after a ‘modicum’ of
OVD rum! This ditty never failed to amuse me or indeed to increase
Jock’s blood pressure, for he would sing this with great energy and
gusto, and without stopping to take breath!!
sell green peas, split peas, ham bones and laces,
duff, mealy puddin, troosers without braces,
jam, powders for yer nose,
Shaws cushions fer straitening oot yer toes
beer, paraffin and spirits,
poison, moose traps, nanny goats an’ ferrets,
brushes, Teeth paste, needles an’ pins,
vanishing cream for removing double chins.
Copyright Calluna Publishing 1996