The Sandy Bell's Man

It was early in May and the lilac smelt sweet, I was strollin' one evenin' round town,
When I met a young maid over Morningside way, and she sobbed as she hung her head 
"I see by your scarf of the scarlet an' gold, an Edinbura medic are you - 
Come sit beside me, come hear my sad tale, it concerns a young medic I knew."

CHORUS:  My father's name was Harry,
         my mother's name was Ann,
         Come sit beside me, come dry all my tears,
         I've been wronged by a Sandy Bell's man.

When I was sixteen, I was spotless and clean, I never had tasted a drop
When I met a young medic, his name it was Derek, he took me into that bad shop
And there on the nips of the whisky and gin I verily drank my fill
My father shot himself over my shame, and my mother he likewise did kill.

One day to my lover in haste I did go, and to him these sweet words I did say
"Oh darling, I think that next Summer or Spring, an arrival is coming our way."
The whites of his eyes they went wide with surprise, as the eyes of a young father 
But when I called round the next day at his digs, he'd caught the first plane for 

The come all you virgins of Edinboro town, although you be ever so few
Come sit beside me, come hear the sad tale that concerns the young medic I knew
Take warning, be warned before you be burned, fatal not yet is the hour
And next time a medical glances your way, be content with a hot an' cold shower.

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