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Johnny Be Fair (Stephanie Squires) video
#2264: YouTube video by gdgest
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Ah, Johnny be fair and Johnny be fine
and wants me for to wed,
I would marry Johnny,
but my father up and said:
"I'm sorry to tell you, daughter,
what your mother never knew,
But, Johnny is a son of mine,
and so is kin to you."

Now, Jimmy be fair and Jimmy be fine
and wants me for to wed,
I would marry Jimmy,
but my father up and said:
"I'm sorry to tell you, daughter,
what your mother never knew,
But, Jimmy too is a son of mine,
and so is kin to you."

Ah, Willie be fair and Willie be fine
and wants me for to wed,
I would marry Willie,
but my father up and said:
"I'm sad to tell you, daughter,
what your mother never knew,
But, Willie too is a son of mine,
and so is kin to you."

You never saw a girl
so sad or sorry as I was,
The boys in town are all me kin
and me father is the cause;
If life should thus continue,
I shall die a single miss,
And so, I'll go to mother
and complain to her of this.

"Ah, daughter, haven't I taught you
to forgive and to forget?
And if your father sowed his oats,
well still you needn't fret;
Your father may be father to
all the boys in town, but still....
He's not the one who sired you,
so marry who you will."

####.... Buffy Sainte-Marie [b.1941] Officer in the Order of Canada (OC), Canadian-American Cree singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist from Saskatchewan ....####
Originally recorded by Buffy Sainte-Marie on her second album (Many A Mile, trk#10, 1965 studio album, Vanguard Records, produced by Maynard Solomon); and (The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie Vol. 2, trk#8, 1971, compilation and double album, Vanguard Records, produced by Maynard Solomon).

The video above features Stephanie Squires, folk singer, musician and author, performing a variant of Buffy Sainte-Marie's humourous 1965 ballad at the 1981 Newfoundland Folk Festival - Maid Of Newfoundland Workshop.



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