Bonny Saint John

DESCRIPTION: "Where have you been, My bonny Saint John? You've bidden sae lang (x2)." "Up on yon hill... And I couldna win hame." "Now, what will you give me Unto my supper?" "A clean dish for you And a clean spoon, For biding sae long."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1964 (Montgomerie)
KEYWORDS: food home travel
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REFERENCES (1 citation):
Montgomerie-ScottishNR 191, "Bonny Saint John" (1 text)
Roud #3899
NOTES: Sort of a cross between "Lord Randall" and a scold to a child for being late for dinner. If it didn't go back to Buchan, I'd have guessed a sixties parody. - RBW
File: MSNR189

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