“We'd Better Bide a Wee”


"The poor aul' folks at hame, ye min', are frail an' ailin' sair, An weel I ken they'd miss me, lad, if I came hame nae mair... I canna lea' the aul' folk, lad, we'd better bide a wee." The girl gives reasons why she must stay with her parents for now


According to the notes at the NLScotland site, this was quoted by Louisa May Alcott's 1886 novel _Jo's Boys_. - RBW

Cross references


  • NLScotland, L.C.Fol.70(26b), "I Canna Leave the Auld Folk," Poet's Box (Dundee), c. 1890


  1. SHenry H598, pp. 61-62, "Better Bide a Wee" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #13365
  3. BI, HHH598


Author: Credited to Claribel in Heart Songs
Earliest date: 1909 (Heart Songs)
Found in: Ireland