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Joint Choir AHS and Lunenburg HS, Ayer Town Hall, December 1961

John Carton directs the Ayer High School Choir and also Plays the Piano for the majority of numbers and Donald Adams directs the Lunenburg HS Choir.

LISTEN: Can You Sew Cushions

"O Can Ye Sew Cushions?"

O can ye sew cushions and can ye sew sheets,
And can ye sing ballulow when the bairn greets?
And hie and baw, birdie, and hie and baw, lamb,
And hee and baw, birdie, my bonnie wee lamb.

Hie-o, wie-o what will I do wi' ye?
Black's the life that I lead wi' ye,
Many o'you, little for to gi' ye,
Hie-o, wie-o, what will I do wi' ye?

I've placed my cradle on yon hilly top,
And aye as the wind blew my cradle did rock.
O hush-a-by, babie, O baw lily loo,
And hee adn baw, birdie, my bonnie wee doo,

Hie-o, wie-o what will I do wi' ye?
Black's the life that I lead wi' ye,
Many o'you, little for to gi' ye,
Hie-o, wie-o, what will I do wi' ye?

ENGLISH VERSION

O, can you sew cushions,
Or can you sew sheets?
Or can you sing ba-loo-loo
When the baby weeps?
And hush-a-bye birdie,
And hush-a-bye lamb;
And hush-a-bye birdie,
My pretty, little lamb!

(Chorus)
Hee-o, wee-o, what would I do with you?
Black's the life that I lead with you;
Too many of you, little for to give you.
Hee-o, wee-o, what would I do with you?

I've placed my cradle
On that holly top,
And yes, as the wind blew
My cradle did rock.
And hush-a-bye, baby,
O ba-lilly-loo,
And hush-a-bye birdie
My pretty, little dove!


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