Bonnie Lass Of Fifie


There once was a troop o' Irish Dragoons
Cam' marchin' doon through Fifie-O
An' their Captain fell in love wi' a very bonnie lass
An' her name it was ca'd pretty Peggy-O.

There's mony a bonnie lass frae the Howe o' Auchterless
There's mony a bonnie lass in the Garioch-O
O' there's mony a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the floo'er o' them a' is in Fifie-O.

O come down the stairs, Pretty Peggy, my dear
Come down the stairs, Pretty Peggy-o
Come down the stairs, comb back your yellow hair
Bid a lang farewell to your mammy-o

There's mony a bonnie lass frae the Howe o' Auchterless
There's mony a bonnie lass in the Garioch-O
O' there's mony a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the floo'er o' them a' is in Fifie-O.

It's braw, aye it's braw, a captain's lady for to be
And it's braw to be a captain's lady-o
It's braw to ride around and to follow the camp
And to ride when your captain he is ready-o

There's mony a bonnie lass frae the Howe o' Auchterless
There's mony a bonnie lass in the Garioch-O
O' there's mony a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the floo'er o' them a' is in Fifie-O.

O I'll give you ribbons, love, and I'll give you rings
I'll give you a necklace of amber-o
I'll give you a silken petticoat with flounces to the knee
If you'll convey me doon to your chamber-o

There's mony a bonnie lass frae the Howe o' Auchterless
There's mony a bonnie lass in the Garioch-O
O' there's mony a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the floo'er o' them a' is in Fifie-O.

What would your mother think if she heard the guineas clink
And saw the haut-boys marching all before you o
O little would she think gin she heard the guineas clink
If I followed a soldier laddie-o

There's mony a bonnie lass frae the Howe o' Auchterless
There's mony a bonnie lass in the Garioch-O
O' there's mony a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the floo'er o' them a' is in Fifie-O.

I never did intend a soldier's lady for to be
A soldier shall never enjoy me-o
I never did intend to gae tae a foreign land
And I will never marry a soldier-o

There's mony a bonnie lass frae the Howe o' Auchterless
There's mony a bonnie lass in the Garioch-O
O' there's mony a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the floo'er o' them a' is in Fifie-O.

I'll drink nae more o your claret wine
I'll drink nae more o your glasses-o
Tomorrow is the day when we maun ride away
So farewell tae your Fifie lasses-o

There's mony a bonnie lass frae the Howe o' Auchterless
There's mony a bonnie lass in the Garioch-O
O' there's mony a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the floo'er o' them a' is in Fifie-O.

The colonel he cried, mount, boys, mount,boys, mount
The captain, he cried, tarry-o
O tarry yet a while, just another day or twa
Til I see if the bonnie lass will marry-o

There's mony a bonnie lass frae the Howe o' Auchterless
There's mony a bonnie lass in the Garioch-O
O' there's mony a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the floo'er o' them a' is in Fifie-O.

Twas in the early morning, when we marched awa
And O but the captain he was sorry-o
The drums they did beat a merry brasselgeicht
And the band played the bonnie lass of Fifie, O

There's mony a bonnie lass frae the Howe o' Auchterless
There's mony a bonnie lass in the Garioch-O
O' there's mony a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the floo'er o' them a' is in Fifie-O.

Long ere we came to the glen of Auchterlass
We had our captain to carry-o
And long ere we won into the streets of Aberdeen
We had our captain to bury-o

There's mony a bonnie lass frae the Howe o' Auchterless
There's mony a bonnie lass in the Garioch-O
O' there's mony a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the floo'er o' them a' is in Fifie-O.

Green grow the birks on bonnie Ethanside
And low lie the lowlands of Fifie, O
The captain's name was Ned and he died for a maid
He died for the bonny lass of Fifie, O

There's mony a bonnie lass frae the Howe o' Auchterless
There's mony a bonnie lass in the Garioch-O
O' there's mony a bonnie Jean in the toon of Aberdeen
But the floo'er o' them a' is in Fifie-O.

Midi sequenced by Ron Clarke
Used with permission

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