The Bonny Swans

Album: The Mask and Mirror (1994)
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  • A farmer there lived in the north country
    a hey ho bonny o
    And he had daughters one, two, three
    The swans swim so bonny o
    These daughters they walked by the river's brim
    a hey ho bonny o
    The eldest pushed the youngest in
    The swans swim so bonny o

    Oh sister, oh sister, pray lend me your hand
    with a hey ho a bonny o
    And I will give you house and land
    the swans swim so bonny o
    I'll give you neither hand nor glove
    with a hey ho a bonny o
    Unless you give me your own true love
    the swans swim so bonny o

    Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam
    with a hey ho and a bonny o
    Until she came to a miller's dam
    the swans swim so bonny o
    The miller's daughter, dressed in red
    with a hey ho and a bonny o
    She went for some water to make some bread
    the swans swim so bonny o

    Oh father, oh daddy, here swims a swan
    with a hey ho and a bonny o
    It's very like a gentle woman
    the swans swim so bonny o
    They placed her on the bank to dry
    with a hey ho and a bonny o
    There came a harper passing by
    the swans swim so bonny o

    He made harp pins of her fingers fair
    with a hey ho and a bonny o
    He made harp strings of her golden hair
    the swans swim so bonny o
    He made a harp of her breast bone
    with a hey ho and a bonny o
    And straight it began to play alone
    the swans swim so bonny o

    He brought it to her father's hall
    with a hey ho and a bonny o
    And there was the court, assembled all
    the swans swim so bonny o
    He laid the harp upon a stone
    with a hey ho and a bonny o
    And straight it began to play lone
    the swans swim so bonny o

    And there does sit my father the King
    with a hey ho and a bonny o
    And yonder sits my mother the Queen
    the swans swim so bonny o
    And there does sit my brother Hugh
    with a hey ho and a bonny o
    And by him William, sweet and true
    the swans swim so bonny o
    And there does sit my false sister, Anne
    with a hey ho and a bonny o
    Who drowned me for the sake of a man
    the swans swim so bonny o Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • Peter from AustraliaIt seems weird that the farmer turns into a king very quickly, maybe he won the lottery! ;-D
    It would make more sense if the lyric was ' a father who lived in the north country...'
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