Now, twa recruting sergeants came frae the black watchThrough markets and fairs some recruits for to catchBut all that they listed was forty and twaSo list bonny laddie and come awa'
For it's over the mountain and over the mainThrough Gibralta to France and SpainIt's a feather to your bonnet, a kilt upon your kneeSo list bonny laddie and come awa' wi' me
Now, laddie, you canna know the danger that you're inIf your horses was to fly and your house was to ruinThis greedy, old farmer will na' pay your feeSo list bonny laddie and come awa' wi' me
For its out by the barn and in by the fireThis old farmer thinks he'll never tireIt's a slavery job of lowly degreeSo list bonny laddie and come awa' wi' me
Now, laddie, if you have a sweetheart in the barnYou'll easy be rid of her ill-spun yarnTwa rattles on the drum and that will pay it allSo list bonny laddie and come come awa'