Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs for use in Scottish schools

I'VE A LADDIE IN AMERICA

A bouncy little song with a very sad message. Children enjoy making the letter shapes (see below the lyric) with their fingers as they sing, but adults looking after small children have to be careful about singing this kind of sad lyric to anyone who does not have a father present in their household.

 

I've a laddie in America

I've another in Dundee aye ee aye ee

I've another in Australia

And that's the one who's goin tae marry me aye ee aye ee

 

First he took me tae the dancin

Then he took me tae my tea aye ee aye ee

Then he ran away and left me

Wi three bonny bairnies on my knee aye ee aye ee

 

One was sittin by the fireside

Another was sittin on my knee aye ee aye ee

Another was sittin by the doorway

Singin ‘Daddy, daddy, please come back tae me aye ee aye ee.’

 

When you sing 'aye', hold up your index fingers to make the letter 'I'.

When you sing 'ee', hold up your thumbs, index and middle fingers to make the letter 'E'.