John o' Badenyon (II)
DESCRIPTION: "Where now the trees are budding green and flowers bloom on the lea" the singer used to meet her false lover and later met John o' Badenyon. John taught her to sing "to soothe my heart" and play the pipe he gave her before he died. She often returns.
EARLIEST DATE: 1914 (GreigDuncan4)
KEYWORDS: love bequest rejection death music
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
GreigDuncan4 763a, "John o' Badenyon" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Ford, editor, Vagabond Songs and Ballads of Scotland [first series] (Paisley,1899), pp. 52-54, "John o' Badenyon"
cf. "John of Badenyon (I)" (theme) and notes there
NOTES: In his 1899 edition Ford includes both "John o' Badenyon (I)" and "John o' Badenyon (II)." Ford writes, "Whether [these verses] are older or later than Skinner's time, no one living may be able to tell." Skinner is the author of "John o' Badenyon" (I) in which the singer "tuned his pipe to John o' Badenyon" after having left a girl "cold as stone," and, again, after disappointments in politics, philosophy, and vain "hope for happiness below." - BS
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