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THE BANKS O' RED ROSES
Traditional

Chorus :
On the banks o' the red roses.
My love and I sat doon.
An' he's taen oot his tunin' box,   (in some versions 'fiddle')
To play his love a tune.
In the middle o' the tune,
She sighed and she said,
Oh Johnny, lovely Johnny, dinna leave me.
 
When I was a young lass,
I heard my mither say,
That I would be a rovin' lass
An' easily led astray.
Before I would wark,
I'd raither sport an' play,
Wi' my Johnny on the banks o' red rosea.
 
They baith walkit doon,
Till they cam' tae a grave.
Whaur Johnny the hale day lang
Had been delvin' wi' a spade.
Whaur Johnny the hale day lang
Had been delvin' wi' a spade.
By the bonnie, bonnie banks o' red rosea.
 
Then he took oot his penknife,
It bein' lang an' shairp.
And he speared it through an' through
His bonnie lassie's he'rt.
He speared it through an' through
His bonnie lassie's he'rt.
An' he left her lyin' there amang red rosea.
 
So come all ye young maidens,
An' a learnin' tak frae me.
Never care tae enter
Wi' a young man's company.
They'e sweet tae your face,
An' they're shair tae treat ye free.
But they'll leave ye lyin' low amang red roses.
Footnote : Another popular song during the Scottish Folk Revival and still widely sung  - typical of the many songs warning young queans of the devious nature of men, old and young!
 

 


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