Document 242

A Chance of Romance

Author(s): Anna Blair

Copyright holder(s): Anna Blair


I've a wee notion for Alec McPhee
And Alec McPhee's got a notion of me
We chat on the tram as we chum it to work
And near every Sunday walk home from the kirk.

But Alec's that shy that I'm never sure whether
You could actu'lly say we were going out thegether
It's at gettin' the words out that Alec's so blate
Pluckin' up courage to ask for a date.

Now that kinda thing can keep goin' on forever
With never a chance of romance whatsoever
For a girl cannae push hersel' in a chap's arms
No matter how certain she is of her charms.
So I'll just have to hope that someday he'll try...
Or look-out till another nice fella comes by.
But I still kinda hanker for Alec McPhee
So I'll no' be too hasty and just bide-a-wee.

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A Chance of Romance


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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1998
Word count 155

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Author details

Author id 127
Forenames Anna
Surname Blair
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1920
Educational attainment College
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Teacher/author
Place of birth Giffnock
Region of birth Glasgow
Birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Glasgow
Region of residence Glasgow
Residence CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Business
Father's place of birth Glasgow
Father's region of birth Glasgow
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Business
Mother's place of birth Glasgow
Mother's region of birth Glasgow
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
French Yes Yes Yes Yes Visits to France, correspondence
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes