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The bonny boy, song / Martin Carthy, singing in English

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The trees they do grow high and the grass it does grow green
The time is past and gone my love, you and I have seen
Oh it is a cold and winter’s night that I must lie alone
Oh my bonny boy is young but he’s growing.

It is a cold and winter’s night that I must lie alone
Oh my bonny boy is young but he’s growing.

Oh father oh father you done to me much harm
You have married me to a boy you know he’s far too young
Oh for he is only sixteen years and I am twenty-one
Oh my bonny boy is young but he’s growing.

Oh for he is only sixteen years and I am twenty-one
Oh my bonny boy is young but he’s growing.

Oh daughter oh daughter I’ll tell you what we’ll do
We’ll send your love to college for another year or two
We will tie a bunch of white ribbons all around his body waist
Just to let the ladies know that he’s married.

We will tie a bunch of white ribbons all around his body waist
Just to let the ladies know that he’s married.

Now one day as I went walking down by college wall
There I saw those college children playing at the ball
And it’s there I saw my own true love, he is flower among them all
He’s my bonny boy he’s young but he’s growing.

And it’s there I saw my own true love, he is flower among them all,
He’s my bonny boy he’s young but he’s growing.

At the age of sixteen years he was a married man
At the age of seventeen years father of a son
Oh but at the age of eighteen years oh the grass grew over him
Cruel death put an end to his growing.

And at the age of eighteen years oh the grass grew over him
Cruel death put an end to his growing.

Oh now that my love is dead and in his grave does lie
The green grass grows over him so very, very high
I will sit here and mourn his death until the day I die
And I’ll watch all o’er his child while he’s growing.

I will sit here and mourn his death until the day I die
And I’ll watch all o’er his child while he’s growing.

see also   The bonny boy / Maggie McGee

The bonny boy, song / Martin Carthy, singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:549-ITMA-MP4
Main Performer: Martin Carthy
Title:The bonny boy [videorecording] / Martin Carthy, singing in English
Section:Videos
Language:English
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Format:Video
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Recording Location:The Market Bar, Clonmany, Co Donegal
Recording Date:24 March 2012
Physical Description:1 computer file (MPEG-4, 7 min. 53 sec.) :digital, stereo
URL:http://www.inishowensinging.ie
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Roud Number:31

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