The Fause Knight on the Road
5: The False Knight upon the Road

Versions from the Singing Tradition
1: The False Knight upon the Road
As sung by Belle Stewart, New Alyth, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
2: The False Knight upon the Road
As recited by Duncan Johnstone, Birnam, Dunkeld
3: The Dark Knight upon the Road
As sung by Martha (Peasie) Reid, Birnam, Dunkeld
4: The Dark Knight upon the Road
As sung by Ted Fury of Dublin in St Andrews, Fife
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As sung by Danny Couper, Aberdeen at FifeSing 2016.

1: 'O whaur are ye gaun?'
Qua the false knight upon the road;
'O I'm gaun tae the squeel.'
Qua the wee boy an still he stood.
'What is that upon your back?'
Qua the false knight upon the road;
'It's only my wee bag'
Qua the wee boy an still he stood.

2: 'O wha's aa thae fine sheep?'
Qua the false knight upon the road;
'Ma mithers an ma ain,'
Qua the wee boy an' still he stood.'
'How mony o them are mine?
Qua the false knight upon the road;
'That . . . . . . . . . . .,'
Qua the wee boy an' still he stood.'

Diddle the tune:

3: 'For I wish you was in yon tree,
Qua the false knight upon the road;
'Wi a branchie under me,'
Qua the wee boy an' still he stood.'
'The branchie for tae brak,
Qua the false knight upon the road;
'And ye for tae faa doun,'
Qua the wee boy an' still he stood.'

4: 'For I wish ye was in yon sea,
Qua the false knight upon the road;
'Wi a shippie under me,'
Qua the wee boy an' still he stood.'
'The shippie for tae sink,
Qua the false knight upon the road;
'And ye for tae be droond,'
Qua the wee boy an' still he stood.'

Diddle the tune:

5: 'O whaur are ye gaun?'
Qua the false knight upon the road;
'O I'm gaun tae the squeel.'
Qua the wee boy an still he stood.
'What is that upon your back?'
Qua the false knight upon the road;
'It's only my wee bag'
Qua the wee boy an still he stood.

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