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Lesley N. What was the Bonny Blue Bell? (10) What was the Bonny Blue Bell? 22 Apr 00


Cecil Sharp collected "The Sign of the Bonny Blue Bell" in Somerset in 1903. It's related to "I'm going to be married on Sunday" and Kennedy relates it to "Next Monday Morning." I've looked for information on The Bonny Blue Bell and haven't found anything. Mary in Kentucky pointed out that "The sign of the blue bell" also appears in The Blue Bells of Scotland (the line is "He dwelt in merry Scotland at the sign of the Blue Bell.") Anyone have additional information - was it a place (am I alone in thinking this sounds like a "House of the Rising Sun?", an allegory???

Here are the words. The lyrics and midi and more info are at At the Sign of the Bonny Blue Bell (http://www.contemplator.com/england/bluebell.html)

At the Sign of the Bonny Blue Bell

As I was a walking one morning in May
To view the green fields and the meadows so gay,
I heard a fair damsel so sweet she did sing
O I will be married on a Tuesday morning
I heard a fair damsel so sweet did she sing;
O I will be married on a Tuesday morning.

I stepped up to her and thus I did say:
Pray where do you come from and what is your age?
I belong to the sign of the Bonny Blue Bell;
My age is sixteen-which you know very well.
I belong to the sign of the Bonny Blue Bell;
My age is sixteen-which you know very well.

Sixteen, pretty maid, you are young for to marry.
I'll leave you the other four years for to tarry.
You speak like a man without any skill;
Four years I've been single against my own will.
You speak like a man without any skill;
Four years I've been single against my own will.

On Monday night when I shall go there
To powder my locks and to curdle my hair,
There'll be three pretty maidens for me a-waiting;
o I will be married on a Tuesday morning.
There'll be three pretty maidens for me a-waiting;
O I will be married on a Tuesday morning.

On a Tuesday morning the bells they shall ring,
And three pretty maidens so sweetly shall sing:
So neat and so gay will be my golden ring.
O I will be married on a Tuesday morning.
So neat and so gay will be my golden ring.
O I will be married on a Tuesday morning.


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