Johnie Scott

No: 99; variant: 99O

  1. out then spak his auld faither, And a blythe auld man was he, Saying, I’ll send five hunner o my brisk young men, To bear Johnie companie.
  2. And when they were on saddle set, They were a pleasant sight for to see, For there was na ae married man In a’ Johnie’s companie.
  3. And when they were on saddle set, They were a pleasant sight to behold, For the hair that hung down Johnie’s back Was like the links of gold.
  4. And when they came to Newcastle, They reined their horses about; Wha did he see but his ain Jeanie, At a window looking out!
  5. ‘Come doun, come doun, Jeanie,’ he says, ‘Come doun, come doun to me;’ ‘I canna come doun, Johnie,’ she says, ‘For King Edward has bolted me.
  6. ‘My stockings are o the heavy iron, I feel them very cold; And my breast-plate’s o the sturdy steel, Instead of beaten gold.’
  7. . . . . . . . . . . ‘I’ll make it heir o a’ my lands, And her my gay lady.’
  8. ‘There is an Italian in this court; This day he has slain knights three; And before tomorrow at eight o’clock The Italian will slay thee.’