Well… I’m behind. But I’ll be catching up.
I swear I decided to write up Oh No, John well before I realized that it could be read as being about the Spanish Lady from last post!
On yonder hill there stands a lady
Who she is I do not know;
I shall court her for her beauty,
She must answer yes or no,
cho: Oh no, John,
No, John, No, John, No.
Madam, on thy face is beauty
On thy lips wild roses grow,
Madam, I would be thy lover,
Madam, answer yes or no,
Madam, on thy face is beauty,
At thy bosom lilies grow,
In your bedroom there is pleasure,
Shall I view it? Yes or no.
Madam, I will give you jewels
I will make you rich and free;
I will give you silk and satins
Madam, if you lie with me.
My husband is a Spanish captain,
Went to sea a month ago.
First he kissed me, then he left me,
Bade me always answer “No!”
Madam, may I tie your garter
Just an inch above your knee?
If my hand should slip a little farther,
Would you think it ill of me?
My love and I went to bed together,
There we lay till the cocks did crow;
Open your arms my dearest darling,
Open your arms and let me go.
I just love the tune on this one. It’s bouncy and happy but manages not to be repetitive, which is rather refreshing after a tune like The Spanish Lady that only has two phrases in it.