My Only Jo and Dearie, O
DESCRIPTION: "Thy cheek is o' the rose's hue." The singer describes his sweetheart. He recalls "when we were bairnies on yon brae" and he would chase her and pull flowers for her. He wishes that they would always be together "till life's warm stream forgat to play"
AUTHOR: Richard Gall (1776-1801) (source: Eyre-Todd)
EARLIEST DATE: 1819 (according to Eyre-Todd)
KEYWORDS: love lyric nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1859, "Your Cheeks Are o' the Roses' Hue" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Allan Cunningham, The Songs of Scotland, Ancient and Modern, (London, 1825 ("Digitized by Google")), Vol II, pp. 28-29, "My Only Jo and Dearie"
Robert Chambers, The Scottish Songs (Edinburgh, 1829), Vol II, p. 271, "My Only Jo and Dearie, O"
George Eyre-Todd, Scottish Poetry of the Eighteenth Century, (Glasgow, 1896 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 332-333, "My Only Jo and Dearie, O"
NOTES [24 words]: GreigDuncan8 is a fragment; Chambers is the basis for the description.
Cunningham, 1825: "I remember when this song was exceedingly popular." - BS
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