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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleMy bonny boy
Roud No.293
Collected FromPhillips, Amelia Gingell Mrs.
LocationPurton
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 488
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 27th November, 1915, p 2, Part 9, No. 11
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Once I was courted by a bonny boy,
And for him I could never take any rest,
I loved him so well, ah! so very well,
I could build him a nest in my breast;
I could build him a nest in my breast.

Verse 2

'Twas up the green alley and down the green valley,
Like one that is troubled in mind.
I whooped and I called, and I played on my lute,
But no bonny boy could I find;
But no bonny boy could I find.

Verse 3

But now he is gone o'er the waters so far,
And I'm afraid he will never return;
But, if he loves another girl better than I,
He may have her; and why should I mourn?
He may have her, and why should I mourn?
 
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Notes
Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS 'Obtained of Mrs Philips, Purton. It is an old song, and, as may be seen, was well fitted to be sung by the ladies. Elsewhere I have not heard of it.'

Note 2

In WGS the first line of Verse 3 is:

And now he is gone o'er the waters so far,

In WGS the third line of Verse 3 is:

He may have her; and why should I mourn!

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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