Bonnet o' Blue, The
DESCRIPTION: "I'm nae for a lass that rins hame to her mither Whenever it comes on a skelp o' ill weather, If she couldna gang bare leggit thro' the long heather She wadna dee weel wi' a bonnet o' blue"
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (GreigDuncan4)
KEYWORDS: marriage hardtimes nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan4 856, "The Bonnet o' Blue" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
NOTES: The current description is all of the GreigDuncan4 texts.
The blue bonnet seems to mark the singer as a Scottish soldier. See, for example, "Scots Soldiers True," "Our Brave Scotch Lads," "The Bonnet o' Blue" version of "The Jacket So Blue" and, maybe, "Cock Your Beaver." Also, consider the following lines in "Haud Awa, Bide Awa": "What think ye o' the Highland dress ... Wi' his bonnet blue and brocklamore Twad gar a' the French dogs flee ...." - BS
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