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John Anderson, my jo, John

Language: Scottish (Scots)

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

Translation(s): GER GER GER GER FRE

Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 223.

Submitted by Pierre Mathé


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) , title unknown FRE Set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858) , title unknown DUT FRE Set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown FRE [text unavailable] Set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown FRE [text unavailable]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "John Anderson, mon chéri ", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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