We're a' Laid Idle wi' Keeping the Bairn
WE'RE A' LAID IDLE WI' KEEPING THE BAIRN. English. England, Northumberland. Title appears in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes ("The Northern Minstrel's Budget"), which he published c. 1800. It may be another name for the popular Scottish and north English song "Bonny at Morn" [Roud 3064], which has a stanza that goes:
We're a laid idle wi' the keeping o' the bairn,
The lad widnae work and the lass widnae learn;
We're a laid idle wi' the keeping o' the bair,n
The lad widnae work and the lass widnae learn.
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