Once I Loved a Bonny Boy
DESCRIPTION: The singer and her lover vowed to marry but "all vows and protestations between us he broke." He's on the ocean and, though some say he'll not prosper, she wishes him "safe sailing and a fair wind to blow." Meeting is pleasure, parting grief, and so on.
EARLIEST DATE: 1955 (IRRCinnamond03)
KEYWORDS: courting love parting warning floatingverses
FOUND IN: Ireland
Robert Cinnamond, "Once I Loved a Bonny Boy" (on IRRCinnamond03)
cf. "On Top of Old Smoky" (floating verses)
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