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The Bonny Lass of Fyvie

Scotland.
This song gave rise to such songs as Fennario
and various assorted Pretty Peggy clones, including Peggy-O .
MIDI


   There was a troop of Irish dragoons
   Come marching down through Fyvie o
   And their captain's fallen in love
                            with a handsome serving maid
   And the name she was called was pretty Peggy o

   Chorus:
        There's many a bonny lass in the town of Auchterless
        There's many a bonny lass in the Geerie o
        There's many a bonny Jean in the town of Aberdeen
        But the fairest of all of them's in Fyvie o

   It's come down the stair pretty Peggy my dear
   Come down the stair pretty Peggy o
   It's come down the stair, bind back your yellow hair
   Say farewell to your mammy o

   Chorus:
        There's many a bonny lass in the town of Auchterless
        There's many a bonny lass in the Geerie o
        There's many a bonny Jean in the town of Aberdeen
        But the fairest of all of them's in Fyvie o

   What would your mammy think
                            if she heard the guineas clink
   And the hautboys playing afore you o
   What would your mammy think
                            if she heard the guineas clink
   And kent you were married to a soldier o

   Chorus:
        There's many a bonny lass in the town of Auchterless
        There's many a bonny lass in the Geerie o
        There's many a bonny Jean in the town of Aberdeen
        But the fairest of all of them's in Fyvie o

   O a soldier's wife I never will be
   A soldier shall never enjoy me
   For I do not intend to go to a foreign land
   So I'll not be married to a soldier o

   Chorus:
        There's many a bonny lass in the town of Auchterless
        There's many a bonny lass in the Geerie o
        There's many a bonny Jean in the town of Aberdeen
        But the fairest of all of them's in Fyvie o

   O you'll not be a soldier's wife
   For you'll be the captain's lady o
   I'll make the troops to stand
                            with their hats into their hand
   When they come in the presence of my Peggy o

   Chorus:
        There's many a bonny lass in the town of Auchterless
        There's many a bonny lass in the Geerie o
        There's many a bonny Jean in the town of Aberdeen
        But the fairest of all of them's in Fyvie o

   But the colonel he cries, Now mount, boys, mount
   The captain he cries, Tarry o
   O gang nae awa for another day or twa
   Till we see if this bonny lass will marry o

   Chorus:
        There's many a bonny lass in the town of Auchterless
        There's many a bonny lass in the Geerie o
        There's many a bonny Jean in the town of Aberdeen
        But the fairest of all of them's in Fyvie o

   It was early next morning that we rode away
   But o our captain was sorry o
   The drums they did beat o'er the bonny braes of Gight
   And the pipes played The Bonny Lowes o' Fyvie o

   Chorus:
        There's many a bonny lass in the town of Auchterless
        There's many a bonny lass in the Geerie o
        There's many a bonny Jean in the town of Aberdeen
        But the fairest of all of them's in Fyvie o

   And long ere we came into bonny Meldrun town
   Our captain we had for to carry o
   And long ere we came into bonny Aberdeen
   Our captain we had for to bury o

   Chorus:
        Green grows the birk on bonny Ythanside
        Low lie the lowlands of Fyvie o
        Our captain's name was Ned and he died for a maid
        He died for the chambermaid of Fyvie o