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O Dear, What Can the Matter Be? O dear, what can the matter me And what can the matter be O what can the matter be Johnny bydes lang at the fair He'll buy me a twopenny whistle He'll but me a threepenny fair He'll buy me a Bunch o' Blue Ribbons To tye up my bonny Brown Hair O saw ye him coming And saw ye him coming O saw ye him coming Hame frae the Newcastle fair ________________________________________________________ Mansfield (St. Clair) MS. (18c; published 1935), 13. This is the traditional song from which the nursery version descends; see ODNR 248-9 (no. 280). See also Paul's Aberdonian version, "Johnny Come Lend Me Your Fiddle". St. 3 has overtones of the much older song "Saw Ye Johnny Comin'". MS
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