Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bobby Shaftoe


 

Bobby Shaftoe's gone to sea,
Silver buckles at his knee;
He'll come back and marry me,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe's bright and fair,
Combing down his yellow hair,
He's my ain for ever mair,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe's tall and slim,
He's always dressed so neat and trim,
The lassies they all keek at him,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe's gett'n a bairn,
For to dandle on his airm,
On his airm and on his knee,
Bobby Shaftoe loves me.


The song is from the 1700s and most likely refers to Robert Shaftoe (d. 1797) a member of parliament. It relates (supposedly) how he broke the heart of Bridget Belasyse when he married Anne Duncombe. Bridget Belasyse is said to have died two weeks after hearing of his marriage.

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