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The Cooper
Isobel Salmon

if ye lived ower in Polteny Toon,
way back in "22
an"yir faither wis a cooper
an"he wisna on ae "broo",
then ye can hould yir head up high
an"walk wi" honest pride
for ae cooper wis a journeyman
an expert at his trade

ae coopers they depended
upon ae fishing crew
till catch ae bonnie herring
an" keep ae barrels fu".
ae fisher girls were ready,
wi" gutting knife in hand,
to dress the "Silver Darlings"
for export to a foreign land.

those days are gone for ever,
yet may history relate,
tales of Wick in all its glory
with the herring in full spate.

Isobel Salmon

ae mountain dew is noisy
when filled wi' a trauchled few
boot far else wid ye get ae news
an' be sure id's really true.

ae half o' week wid be soarted yit
an' a lok o' fowlks lugs wid burn
if they'd only stan' an' lissen
an' let every cheil gets his turn.

for they've seen all ae 'happenin's
an thir philosophy's some'hin' gran'
if ye'd on'y stan' back an' lissen
an' try til un'erstan'.......