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There Grows A Bonie Brier-Bush
TUNE: The Bonie Brier-Bush (The Lovely Brier-Bush)

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

 

There Grows A Bonie Brier-Bush

1.
There grows a bonie brier-bush in our kail-yard,
There grows a bonie brier-bush in our kail-yard,
And below the bonie brier-bush there's a lassie and a lad,
And they're busy, busy courting in our kail-yard.
2.
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.
3.
Will ye go to the dancin in Carlyle's ha'?
Will ye go to the dancin in Carlyle's ha'?
Where Sandy and Nancy I'm sure will ding them a'?
I winna gang to the dance in Carlyle-ha'!
4.
What will I do for a lad when Sandie gangs awa!
What will I do for a lad when Sandie gangs awa!
I will awa to Edinburgh, and win a pennie fee,
And see an onie lad will fancy me.
5.
He's comin frae the north that's to marry me,
He's comin frae the north that's to marry me,
A feather in his bonnet and a ribbon at his knee -
He's a bonie, bonie laddie, an you be he!

 

There Grows A Lovely Brier-Bush


There grows a lovely brier-bush in our kitchen garden,
There grows a lovely brier-bush in our kitchen garden,
And below the lovely brier-bush there is a girl and a lad,
And they are busy, busy courting in our kitchen garden.

We will court no more below the bush in our kitchen garden,
We will court no more below the bush in our kitchen garden,
We will away to Athole's green, and there we will not
be seen,
Where the trees and the branches will be our safeguard.

Will you go to the dancing in Carlyle's hall?
Will you go to the dancing in Carlyle's hall?
Where Sandy and Nancy I am sure will beat them all?
I will not go to the dance in Carlyle hall!

What will I do for a lad when Sandie goes away!
What will I do for a lad when Sandie goes away!
I will away to Edinburgh, and earn a penny hire,
And see if any lad will fancy me.

He is coming from the north that is to marry me,
He is coming from the north that is to marry me,
A feather in his bonnet and a ribbon at his knee -
He is a handsome, handsome lad, an you be he!

 

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