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My Johnny Lad (Ryan's Fancy) videos
#1863: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

And wi' you and wi' you
and wi' you, me Johnny lad,
I'll dance the buckles off me shoes
for you, me Johnny lad.

Oh well, I bought this pipe
in Edinburgh a' for a bawbee,
And then I got the faurdin back
tae buy free 'bacco wi'.
And wi' you and wi' you
and wi' you, me Johnny lad,
I'll dance the buckles off me shoes
for you, me Johnny lad.

As I was walking Sunday
it was there I saw the Queen,
A-playin at the football
wi' the lads o' Glesgae Gri.
And wi' you and wi' you
and wi' you, me Johnny lad,
I'll dance the buckles off me shoes
for you, me Johnny lad.

Well, the captain o' the other side
was scoring wi' great style,
The Queen she called the policeman
and had him thrown in jyle.
And wi' you and wi' you
and wi' you, me Johnny lad,
I'll dance the buckles off me shoes
for you, me Johnny lad.

Now Samson was a mighty man,
he fought wi' the cuddy's jaw,
He fought a thousand battles
wearing crimson flannel drawers.
And wi' you and wi' you
and wi' you, me Johnny lad,
I'll dance the buckles off me shoes
for you, me Johnny lad.

Now Johnny is a bonny lad,
he is a lad o' mine,
He is the finest lad I've had,
and I've had twenty-nine.
And wi' you and wi' you
and wi' you, me Johnny lad,
I'll dance the buckles off me shoes
for you, me Johnny lad.

And wi' you and wi' you
and wi' you, me Johnny lad,
I'll dance the buckles off me shoes
for you, me Johnny lad.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional 19th-century Scottish nonsense song, Johnny Lad ....####
This variant was arranged and taped before a live audience by Tommy Makem and Ryan's Fancy for their television show on CHCH-TV from Hamilton, Ontario, from July to September, 1974.

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The video below features a longer, 12-string guitar variant performed by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle Of Man.

#777: YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

From the On-Line Scots Dictionary, Scots being the Germanic language, related to English, spoken in Lowland Scotland and Ulster, not the Celtic language Gaelic:
Bawbee - six pence Scots; a small coin or English half penny.
Cuddy - ass; donkey; horse; fool.
Faurdin - farthing; former British coin worth a quarter of a penny.
Glesgae Gri - Glasgow Green.
Jyle - gaol; jail.



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