“A Wee Drappie O't”


"O, life is a journey we a' hae to gang, And care is the burden we carry alang, But though grief be our portion... We are happy a' thegither owre a wee drappie o't." The singer notes tragedies of life -- and how they are relieved by fellowship and drink


Several versions of this song have a line something like, "Job in his lamentation says man was made to mourn." This may be a reference to Job 14:22, the only time the King James Bible quotes Job as using the verb "to mourn" in anything like this sense. The overall feeling, however, is more like 14:1 or even the speech of Eliphaz in 5:7. I suspect this is allusion rather than citation. - RBW


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 181-183, "A Wee Drappie O't" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ord, pp. 370-371, "A Wee Drappie O't" (1 text)
  3. Roud #5610
  4. BI, FVS181


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Ford)
Found in: Britain(Scotland)