Last nicht the Queen had four Marys,
This nicht she'll hae but three,
She had Mary Beaton, an' Mary Seaton,
An' Mary Carmichael an' me.
Oh, often have I dressed my queen
And put on her braw silk gown
But all the thanks I've got tonight
Is to be hanged in Edinburgh Town
Fell often have I dressed my queen
Put gold upon her hair
But I have got for my reward
The gallows to be my share.
Oh little did my mother know
The day she cradled me
The land I was to travel in
The death I was to dee.
Oh, happy, happy is the maid
That's born of beauty free
Oh, it was my rosy dimpled cheeks
That's been the devil to me.
They'll tie a kerchief around my eyes
That I may not see to dee
And they'll never tell my father or mother
But that I'm across the sea.