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Johnny Lovely Johnny

  • (Trad)

    The high walls of Derry look dismal and grey
    And so does lovely Johnny, he is now going away
    He is going to bonnie Scotland some sweetheart to see
    May the high powers above send him safe home to me

    Oh Johnny lovely Johnny do you mind the day
    When you came to my window to steal me away
    You promised you'd marry me above all female kind
    Oh Johnny lovely Johnny what has altered your mind

    Oh Annie lovely Annie it was all but a jest
    For I never intended to make you my best
    I never intended to make you my wife
    Oh Annie lovely Annie, all the days of my life

    The first time I met you 'tis well I do own
    'Twas in my father's garden in the county Tyrone
    With my white apron round us to shield out the wind
    Oh Johnny lovely Johnny what has altered your mind

    A bunch of blue ribbons I'll tie up and wear
    And a wreath of forget-me-nots I will twine round my hair
    And if ever he returns again I will greet him with joy
    And I will kiss the lips of my own Johnny boy

    (as sung by Dolores Keane)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1979:] I learnt this song from my Aunt Sarah, who in turn learnt it in the late 40s from Alice Rainy a travelling woman from Co. Tyrone. (Dolores Keane, notes 'Broken Hearted I'll Wander')

Quelle: Ireland

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