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Oh can ye sew cushions
Last updated: 22.04.17
"Oh can ye sew cushions" is another of my mother's favourite songs which was taught to her by Miss Lillian Tyres, the music mistress at the Worcester Secondary School for Girls sometime in 1932. Her version which can be found in A Mum's (Mostly Musical) Memories has just one verse and no refrain. It is quite in variance with a 3-verse version given in Andrew Gant's Folk Songs of the British Isles. There are also some interesting corruption whereby the original Scottish for wee lamb has been anglicised to baa-lamb. I never heard her sing it as a child.
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Oh, can ye sew cushions
And can ye sew sheets
And can ye sing barloo-oo?

When the bairn greets
And he and baa-birdie
And he and baa-lamb
And he and baa-birdie
My bonnie wee lamb.