BOBBY SHAFTOE

Bobby Shaftoe's gaen to sea,
Siller buckles on his knee,
He'll come back and marry me,
   Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobbie Shaftoe's tall and slim,
He's always drest so neat and trim,
The lassies they all kick at him,
   Bonnie Bobbie Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe's bright and fair,
Combing down his yellow hair;
He's me awn for iver mair,
   Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe hes a bairn
For to dangle on his airm;
In his airm and on his knee,
   Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe's gaen to sea,
Siller buckles on his knee,
He'll come back and marry me,
   Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

(18th century)