Lyrics about the
1850s in Scotland, composed by John Henderson
on the 14th of September, 2008 to part of John M. Mason's
'Ballanter of Bon Accord'.
A ballanter fae Scone ...
Jenny gaed tae Bon Accord;
Bit fun thase in thon toon,
Grippit tichtly in poortith's haud.
"Ma broadside hawkin hereaboots
Micht fa oan stany grun;
Gin Ah'm gaen tae git their sympathy,
Thon screev'd ballants maun be sung."
Thon wis hoo braw Jenny cairrit-oan,
In verse, an rhyme, an wird ...
Tae herten mony peer fowks,
In the toon o Bon Accord.
A ballad singer from Scone ... (sounded Scoon)
Jenny went to Bon Accord; (Aberdeen)
But found those in that town,
Gripped tightly in poverty's hold.
"My poem-sheet selling hereabouts
Might fall on stony ground;
If I'm going to get their sympathy,
These written ballads must be sung."
That was how fine Jenny carried-on,
In verse and rhyme and word ...
To hearten many poor folks,
In the town of Bon Accord.