#00958
I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day (Rankin Street) video
See also: I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day (Trad)
#174: YouTube video by Graeme Duncan
©2017 ~ Used with permission ~

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To the air:
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms

Oh, my name is Jock Stewart,
I'm a canny gaun man,
And a roving young fellow I've been.
So be easy and free,
When you're drinking with me,
I'm a man you don't meet every day.

I have acres of land,
I have men at command,
I have always a shilling to spare.
So be easy and free,
When you're drinking with me,
I'm a man you don't meet every day.

Well, I took out my dog,
And with him I did shoot,
All down in the County Kildare.
So be easy and free,
When you're drinking with me,
I'm a man you don't meet every day.

So come fill up your glasses,
With brandy and wine,
Whatever the cost, I will pay.
So be easy and free,
When you're drinking with me,
I'm a man you don't meet every day.

Oh, my name is Jock Stewart,
I'm a canny gaun man,
And a roving young fellow I've been.
So be easy and free,
When you're drinking with me,
I'm a man you don't meet every day.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, I'm The Man You Don't Meet Every Day, published without a printer's name or date, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(1734) ....####
This variant arranged by Jacqui St Croix and recorded by Rankin Street (Pre-GBS tape - Live At The Blarneystone Pub in St John's, NL, trk#18, 1991, NRA Productions, Ltd).

The video above features the band Tide Lines performing their variant in the Stonehaven Town Hall on 27th October 2017. This four piece band was founded in 2016 in the Scottish Highlands and Islands of the United Kingdom. They are heavily influenced by the traditional music of the The Gàidhealtachd, but their highly eclectic sound is driven by acoustic and electric guitars, drums and keyboards. The members are: Robert Robertson from Lochaber, Ross Wilson from the island of Mull, Alasdair Turner from Alness, and Fergus Munro from Glasgow. "The Gàidhealtachd" refers to the language of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and especially the Scottish Gaelic-speaking culture of that area.


See more songs by Great Big Sea.

From the Pogues we learn: In Scots gaelic, gaun means going, and canny in this context, means warily. In other words, the canny gaun man means something like an easy going or cautious man, who in his younger days wasn't quite so cautious (but a roving young fellow).


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