The False Lover Won Back

No: 218; variant: 218B

  1. THE sun shines high on yonder hill, And low on yonder town; In the place where my love Johnny dwells, The sun gaes never down.
  2. ‘O when will ye be back, bonny lad, O when will ye be hame? ‘When heather-hills are nine times brunt, And a’ grown green again.’
  3. ‘O that’s ower lang awa, bonny lad, O that’s ower lang frae hame; For I’ll be dead and in my grave Ere ye come back again.’
  4. He put his foot into the stirrup And said he maun go ride, But she kilted up her green claithing And said she woudna bide.
  5. The firsten town that they came to, He bought her hose and sheen, And bade her rue and return again, And gang nae farther wi him.
  6. ‘Ye likena me at a’, bonny lad, Ye likena me at a’;’ ‘It’s sair for you likes me sae weel And me nae you at a’.’
  7. The nexten town that they came to, He bought her a braw new gown, And bade her rue and return again, And gang nae farther wi him.
  8. The nexten town that they came to, He bought her a wedding ring, And bade her dry her rosy cheeks, And he would tak her wi him.
  9. ‘O wae be to your bonny face, And your twa blinkin een! And wae be to your rosy cheeks! They’ve stown this heart o mine.
  10. ‘There’s comfort for the comfortless, There’s honey for the bee; There’s comfort for the comfortless, There’s nane but you for me.’