The Merry Muses of Caledonia/How Can I Keep my Maidenhead

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The Merry Muses of Caledonia by Robert Burns
How Can I Keep my Maidenhead

HOW CAN I KEEP MY MAIDENHEAD.

Tune—"The Birks o' Abergeldie."

An old song.


How can I keep my maidenhead,
My maidenhead, my maidenhead;
How can I keep my maidenhead,
 Among sae mony men, O.

The captain bad a guinea for't,
A guinea for't, a guinea for't;
The captain bad a guinea for't,
 The colonel he bad ten, O.

But I'll do as my minnie did,
My minnie did, my minnie did;
But I'll do as my minnie did,
 For siller I'll hae nane, O.

I'll gie it to a bonie lad,
A bonie lad, a bonie lad;
I'll gie it to a bonie lad,
 For just as gude again, O.

An auld moulie maidenhead,
A maidenhead, a maidenhead;
An auld mouUe maidenhead,
 The weary wark I ken, O.

The stretchin' o't, the strivin' o't,
The borin' o't, the rivin' o't,
And ay the double drivin' o't,
 The farther ye gang ben, O.