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John Anderson

Scotland.
The original dates from 1744 or earlier.
This version dated from about 1827.
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    John Anderson my jo John
    I wonder what you mean
    To rise so soon in the morning
    And sit so late at e'en
    You'll blear out all your eyne John
    And why will you do so ?
    Come sooner to your bed at e'en
    John Anderson my jo.

    John Anderson my jo John
    When first that you began
    You had as good a tail-tree
    As any other man.
    But now it's waxen wan John
    And wrinkles to and fro
    And oft requires my helping hand
    John Anderson my jo.

    When we were young and yauld John
    We've lain out o'er the dyke
    And o it was a fine thing
    To feel your hurdies fyke
    To feel your hurdies fyke John
    And strike the rising blow
    It's then I liked your chanter-pipe
    John Anderson my jo.

    John Anderson my jo John
    You're welcome when you please
    It's either in the warm bed
    Or else upon the claeths
    Do you your part aboon John
    And trust to me below
    I've two gae-ups for your gae-down
    John Anderson my jo.

    When you come on before John
    See that you do hold your best
    When I begin to hold you
    See that you grip me fast.
    See that you grip me fast John
    Until that I cry Oh !
    Your back shall crack ere I do that
    John Anderson my jo.

    I'm sided like a salmon
    I'm breasted like a swan
    My wyme is like a down-cod
    My middle you may span
    My skin from top to toe John
    Is like the new-fa'en snow
    And it's all for your conveniency
    John Anderson my jo.