Jem of Aberdeen
DESCRIPTION: The singer loves to rove in summer with "bonnie Jem o' Aberdeen." "Wi' joy I leave my father's cot Wi' ilka sport of glen or green ... to share the jumble lot" with Jem
EARLIEST DATE: 1791 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 21(55))
KEYWORDS: courting nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan4 758, "Jem of Aberdeen" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Harding B 21(55), "Jem of Aberdeen" ("The tuneful lav'rocks cheer the grove"), J. Evans (London), 1791; also Johnson Ballads fol. 8 View 1 of 2, Johnson Ballads fol. 28, "Jem of Aberdeen"
NOTES: The second verse of the GreigDuncan4 texts is not in the Bodleian broadsides. It is the only verse with final line different from "Wi'/Of bonnie Jem o' Aberdeen"; specifically, "Oh James is always wooing me." - BS
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