Traditional Scottish Songs
- John Anderson, My Jo

This was originally a bawdy ballad which Robert Burns turned into a charming verse about the continuing love of an old married couple. Quite why Burns chose to do this (he turned out many a bawdy poem himself) is not clear. We just have to be thankful that he did so!

John Anderson, My Jo

John Anderson, my jo, John,
When we were first acquent;
Your locks were like the raven,
Your bonie brow was brent;
But now your brow is beld, John,
Your locks are like the snaw;
But blessings on your frosty pow,
John Anderson, my jo.

John Anderson, my jo, John,
We clamb the hill the gither;
And mony a cantie day, John,
We've had wi' ane anither:
Now we maun totter down, John,
And hand in hand we'll go,
And sleep thegither at the foot,
John Anderson, my jo.

Meaning of unusual words:
pow=crown of your head

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