“And Sae Will We Yet”


"Come sit down, me cronies, And gie us your crack, Let the win lift the cares o' this life from aff your back... For we've always been provided for, and sae will we yet." The singer and the nation have endured through troubles, "and sae will we yet."


Ord lists this as being sung to "The Wearing of the Green." I can't for the life of me make it fit; I suspect he derived that from a broadsheet which indicated an incorrect tune.

The broadsides list various tunes: Bodleian Firth b.26(289) lists "Never lippen to chance"; another Bodleian text claims an original tune. - RBW


  • Bodleian, Harding B 28(42), "And sae will we yet," W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824 (barely legible); Harding B 11(61)=Firth c 13(296), "And so will we yet," Hoggett (?), n.d.; Harding B 25(55), "And so will we yet"; Firth n.26(389); Firth b.26(289), "We've Aye Been Provided For"
  • NLScotland, R.B.m.143(154), "We've Aye Been Provided For," Poet's Box (Glasgow), 1869


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 256-258, "Sae Will We Yet" (1 text)
  2. Ord, p. 371-372, "Sae Will We Yet" (1 text)
  4. Roud #5611
  5. BI, FVS256


Author: Walter Watson ? (died 1854)
Earliest date: before 1824 (Broadside Bodleian, Harding B 28(42))
Keywords: drink work party
Found in: Britain(Scotland)