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Tim Jenkins, Balladeer: Music

Bonnie Susie Cleland (Child 65)

(Tim Jenkins, Balladeer)
August 8, 2010
Traditional


There lives a lady in Scotland,
Hey my love and oh my joy,
There lives a lady in Scotland,
Wha dearly lo’es me;
There lives a lady in Scotland,
And she’s fallen in love wi’ an Englishman,
And bonnie Susie Cleland
Tae be burned in Dundee.

The father tae his dochter cam,
Hey my love and oh my joy,
The father tae his dochter cam,
Wha dearly lo’es me;
The father tae his dochter cam,
Saying “Will ye forsake yon Englishman?”
And bonnie Susie Cleland
Tae be burned in Dundee.

“I’ll no that Englishman forsake”
Hey my love and oh my joy,
“I’ll no that Englishman forsake”
Wha dearly lo’es me;
“I’ll no that Englishman forsake
Though ye maun burn me at the stake”
And bonnie Susie Cleland
Tae be burned in Dundee.

 “Oh where will I find a bonnie wee boy?”
Hey my love and oh my joy,
“And where will I find a bonnie wee boy?”
Wha dearly lo’es me;
“Well here am I, a bonnie wee boy,
I’ll carry the tidings tae your joy,
That bonnie Susie Cleland
Tae be burned in Dundee.”

“Then gie tae him this gay gowd ring,”
Hey my love and oh my joy,
“Then gie tae him this gay gowd ring,”
Wha dearly lo’es me;
“Then gie tae him this gay gowd ring,
Tell him that we’ll no meet again,
For bonnie Susie Cleland
Tae be burned in Dundee.”

Her father he’s gone up the stake,
Hey my love and oh my joy,
Her father he’s gone up the stake,
Wha dearly lo’es me;
Her father he’s gone up the stake,
Her brother, he the fire did mak,
And bonnie Susie Cleland
Was burned in Dundee.

wha: who
lo’es: loves
wi’: with
tae: to
dochter: daughter
cam: came
maun: must
gie: give
gowd: gold
mak: make