BETA

MR ROBERT HOWIE (sings.)

Behave yoursell before folk,1
Behave yoursell before folk,2
And dinna be sae rude to me,3
As kiss me sae before folk.4
It wadna gie me meikle pain,5
Gin we were seen and heard by nane,6
To tak’ a kiss, or grant you ane ;7
But, gudesake ! no before folk.8
Behave yoursell before folk,9
Behave yoursell before folk ;10
Whate’er you do, when out o’ view,11
Be cautious aye before folk.12
Consider, lad, how folk will crack,13
And what a great affair they’ll mak14
O’ naething but a simple smack,15
That’s gien or taen before folk.16
Behave yoursell before folk,17
Behave yoursell before folk ;18
Nor gie the tongue o’ auld or young 19
Occasion to come o’er folk.20
It’s no through hatred o’ a kiss,21
That I sae plainly tell you this,22
But, losh ! I tak’ it sair amiss23
To be so teaz’d before folk.24
Behave yoursell before folk,25
Behave yoursell before folk ;26
When we’re our lane ye may tak ane,27
But fient a ane before folk.28
“Im sure wi’ you I’ve been as free29
As ony modest lass should be ;30
But yet, it doesna do to see31
Sic freedom used before folk.32
Behave yoursell before folk,33
Behave yoursell before folk ;34
I’ll ne’er submit again to it35
So mind you that—before folk.36
Ye tell me that my face is fair ; 37
It may be sae—I dinna care38
But ne’er again gar’t blush sae sair39
As ye hae done before folk. 40
Behave yoursell before folk,41
Behave yoursell before folk ;42
Nor heat my cheeks wi’ your mad freaks,43
But aye be douce before folk.44
Ye tell me that my lips are sweet,45
Sic tales, I doubt, are a’ deceit ;46
At ony rate, it’s hardly meet47
To prie their sweets before folk.48
Behave yoursell before folk,49
Behave yoursell before folk ;50
Gin that’s the case, there’s time and place,51
But surely no before folk.52
But, gin ye really do insist53
That I should suffer to be kiss’d,54
Gae, get a license frae the priest,55
And mak’ me yours before folk.56
Behave yoursell before folk,57
Behave yoursell before folk ;58
And when we’re ane, baith flesh and bane,59
Ye may tak’ ten—before folk.”60