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Faithful Johnny

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    When will you come again, my faithful Johnny
    When will you come again, my faithful Johnny
    When the corn is gathered, when the leaves are withered
    I will come again, my sweet and bonnie, I will come again

    Then winter winds will blow, my faithful Johnny
    Then winter winds will blow, my faithful Johnny
    Though the day be dark with drift that I cannot see the lift
    I will come again, my sweet and bonnie, I will come again

    Then will you meet me here, my faithful Johnny
    Then will you meet me here, my faithful Johnny
    Though the night be Hallowe'en when the fearful sights are seen
    I will come again, my sweet and bonnie, I will come again

    Repeat 1

    (as sung by Jean Redpath)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1987:] Robin and Barry Dransfield [...] learned it from Johnny Handle who stumbled across it in a school song book. The "Merry Piper Song Book for Schools" [...] is the only printed source I have found and that publication claims that this is an "old Scottish Melody". (Notes 'Jean Redpath')

    Try : http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=14430&messages=9

  • [1999:] The words are by "Mrs. Grant", presumably Mrs. Grant of Laggan (1755-1838), since her sort of relative Mrs. Grant of Carron is the author of only one song, it seems, namely "Roy's Wife of Aldivalloch". Anyway, the song was published by Thomson in Edinburgh in 1818, in "A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs..." with accompaniments by Beethoven and Haydn. Beethoven gave an opus no. to this lot, "Twenty-five Scottish Songs", opus 108 (the only ones he did give an opus no. to). Thomson supplied the tune to him; where it came from is another question. [...] Some may be mystified by the 'lift' Johnnie can't see: it's just an old Scots word for "sky". (Murray on Saltspring, www.mudcat.org, 26/28 Oct)

Quelle: Scotland

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