Scottish lyrics in description English lyrics in subtitles.
An 18th Century Scottish ttraditional song which celebrates the work and rights of the Weaver. One of the many great craftsmen and artisans which bound communities together in those times.
The weaver's wife sits at the fire
And ca's the pirn wheel
She likes tae hear her ain gude man
Drive on the shuttle weel
The shuttle rins, the shuttle rins
The shuttle rins wi speed
O sweetly may the shuttle rin
That wins the bairns' breid
Although he has nae dainty fare
His wages being sma
Yet he can wi his thrifty wife
Keep hungry want awa
He rises early in the morn
He toils fu late at nicht
He fain wad independent be
He kens what is his rich
The proudest o the land wad pine
Wi 'oot the weavers' wark
The pampered priest, the haughty peer
Wad gang wi'oot a sark
In the note to her CD with a recording of this song Gordeanna McCulloch writes, 'I learned this song some years ago for a concert organised by Danny Kyle as part of the Paisley 500 celebrations. The song itself, which conveys a strong sense of fellowship and humanity, has always appealed to me. Here the clarsach and fiddle emulate the rhythm of the loom and allow me to give freer expression to the words.'
The tune is also used for 'The Boatie Rows', a song made 200 years ago by John Ewen, which Robert Burns considered nearly equal to 'There's Nae Luck Aboot the Hoose'. 'The Boatie Rows' is about fishing in Largo Bay in Fife.