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There Grows A Bonnie Brier Bush


There grows a bonnie brier bush in our kail-yard, There grows a bonnie brier bush in our kail-yard; And below the bonnie brier bush there's a lassie and a lad, And they're busy busy courting in our kail-yard. We'll court nae mair below the buss in our kail-yard, We'll court nae mair below the buss in our kail-yard, We'll awa to Athole's green, and there we'll no be seen, Where the trees and the branches will be our safeguard. Will ye go to the dancin' in Carlyle's ha'; Will ye go to the dancin' in Carlyle's ha'; Whare Sandy and Nancy I'm sure, will ding them a', I winna gang to the dance in Carlyle ha'. What will I do for a lad, when Sandy gangs awa? What will I do for a lad, when Sandy gangs awa? I will awa to Edinburgh, and win a penny fee, And see an onie bonnie lad will fancy me. He's coming frae the north that's to fancy me, He's coming frae the north that's to fancy me; A feather in his bonnet, and a ribbon at his knee; He's a bonnie bonnie laddie, an yon be he.

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Vivien Heilbron

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This is a song by Robert Burns. It is read here by Vivien Heilbron.

More about this song

Another song which is ascribed to Burns, but may be an older ballad, which appears in The Scots Musical Museum: 1707-1803.

It has endured better than most ballads of the time, and gave its name to a famous collection of short stories Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush published in 1984 and written by Rev John Watson, a collection which is often referred to as the first example of the 'Kailyard' style of writing.

Alistair Braidwood

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love seduction

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