I Once Loved a Boy

Ellen Mitchell: On Autumn Harvest ah007: Old Songs & Bothy Ballads: Grand to Be a Working Man. Recorded at the Fife Traditional Singing Festival May 2008.

There are several versions of this song in the Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection (6:1141). Ellen learned this version from the singing of Daisy Chapman whose CD on Musical Traditions (MTCD 308) includes this among some other great songs.

1: I once had a boy and a bonny, bonny boy,
And a boy that I once call├Ęd mine;
But noo he's gaen and left me all for some other ane,
And he's left me tae sing fare-thee-well, fare-thee-well,
Aye he's left me tae sing fare-thee-well.

2: As I was a-walking doon by yon crystal river,
And doon by the bonnie banks o Clyde;
Who should I spy but my ain bonny boy,
Lockit fast in another girlie's arms, arms, arms,
Lockit fast in another girlie's arms.

3: He gied me a wink o his bonnie black ee,
And a wave o his lily-white hand;
But I made him no reply and I proudly passed him by,
For I hated to be slighted by a man, a man, a man,
Oh I hated to be slighted by a man, a man, a man

4: For I've had sweethearts plenty, I could count from one tae twenty,
And I've a mind that would change like the wind;
And it's many's the lang night he's rowed me in his airms,
But I'm gey weel sure he'll never dae't again, again, again,
Aye I'm gey weel sure he'll never dae't again.

5: So here's a health and a wealth tae ma ain bonny boy,
And I wish him safe ower the lea;
And it's many's the lang night he's rowed me in his airms,
But I'm gey weel sure he'll never dae't again, again, again,
Aye I'm gey weel sure he'll never dae't again.

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