Bobby Shaftoe

A very popular song that is known outside of Tyneside. I remember singing it at junior school - I only realised many years later the less than ideal moral role model presented in the song!

RB

 

C....................F.C................
Bobby Shaftoe's gaen tae sea,
G..................G7............
Siller buckles on his knee;
C.......................F....C...........
He'll come back and marry me,
G7.................C........
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.
C............................................
Bobby Shaftoe's bright and fair,
G7........................................
Combin' down his yellow hair;
C.....................................
He's me awn for iver mair,
G7..................C........
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

 

Bobby Shaftoe's getten a bairn,

For to dangle on his airm;

In his airm and on his knee,

Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe's gaen tae sea,

Siller buckles on his knee,

He'll come back and marry me,

Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

From Sharp's "Bishoprick Garland", 1834

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