I (D) am a rovin' journeyman, I roam from toon tae
And whenever (D) I get a job of work I'm (A) willing
to sit (C) doon
Me (D) kit's all on me shoulder and me graftin' tool
in (G) hand
And (D) around the country (G) I will go a (D) rovin'
(A7) journeyman. (D)
(C) Whenever I come to (Am) Glasgow toon the (C) lassies
jump for (G) joy,
Says (D) one unto another, "Well, here (A) comes a
rovin' (C) boy."
Some (D) treat me to a bottle and the others to a
And the (D) toast goes round the (G) table, "Health
(D) unto the (A7) journeyman" (D)
CHORUS: Wi' yer (C) linten adie (Am) toorin adie
(C) linten adie (Am) tooral linten (C) adie tooral
(Am) linten addie (G) ay,
(D) Pots and pans and helpin' hands will (A) see you
through the (C) day
(D)Linten adie tooral ooral ooral adie (G) ay
Gie a (D) penny tae the (G) journeyman tae (D) help
him (A7) on his (D) way.
I hadna been in Glasgow toon a week but barely three
Before the provost's daughter went and fell in love
She asked me for tae dine wi' her and took me by the
And she proudly told her mother that she loved the
"Ach, away ye go, ye silly maid, I'll hear ye speak
How can ye love a journeyman ye've never seen before?"
"Oh mother sweet, I do entreat, I love him all I can,
And around the country I will go to see my journeyman!"
Ye'll need nae mair tae trudge on foot, ye'll hae
a horse and pair,
My wealth with thee and poverty contented I will share.
So overflow the flowing bowl and drain it if ye can,
Toast the provost's daughter and the rovin' journey
Oh, I am a rovin' journeyman, I roam from town to
And whenever I get a job of work I'm willing to sit
Me kit's all on me shoulder and me graftin' tool in
And around the country I will go a rovin' journeyman