"Oh can ye sew cushions" is another of my mother's favourite songs which was taught to her by Miss Lillian Tyres, the music mistress at the Worcester Secondary School for Girls sometime in 1932. Her version which can be found in A Mum's (Mostly Musical) Memories
has just one verse and no refrain. It is quite in variance with a 3-verse version given in Andrew Gant's Folk Songs of the British Isles
. There are also some interesting corruption whereby the original Scottish for wee lamb
has been anglicised to baa-lamb
. I never heard her sing it as a child.