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Saturday, December 23rd, 2000
5:56p - The Bonny Streets of Fyve-io -- Chad Mitchell Trio version


The Bonny Streets of Fyve-io1

Anonymous (Traditional Scottish Ballad).
Popularized in America by the Chad Mitchell Trio
3.8MB MP3 recording
Although this old ballad has many forms, the version below is from this recording.

There once was a troop of Irish dragoons
Come marching down through Fyve-io,
And the captain fell in love with a very bonny lass
As we marched through the bonny streets of Fyve-io.2
The captain’s name was Ned. He was the pride of the regiment,
The bonniest lad in all of the Army-o.
A very handsome sight, he was the ladies’ own delight
As we marched though the bonny streets of Fyve-io.

“Well it’s I’ll give you ribbons, and I’ll give you rings;
And I’ll give you a necklace of amber-o,
If you’ll come on down the stair and comb back your yellow hair,
And we’ll march through the bonny streets of Fyve-io!”

There’s many a bonny lass in the town of Achterlass,3
Aye, there’s many a bonny lassie in the Geary-o!
There’s many a bonny Jean in the streets of Aberdeen,
But the flower of them all lives in Fyve-io.

“Mount up!” the colonel cried, “and it’s o’er the brae we’ll ride,
Down from the highland to Firth Nery-o!”
“Well, it’s tarry another day!” we heard the captain say,
As we marched through the bonnie streets of Fyve-io.

The colonel in a rage drew his pistol and took aim
At the bonniest lad in all of the army-o;
He fired a deadly ball, and our captain he did fall,
As we marched through the bonny streets of Fyve-io.

It’s lang e’er we left the town of Achterlass.
We had our young captain to carry-o.
And lang e’re we came into bonny Aberdeen.
We had our young captain there to bury-o.

There once was a troop of Irish dragoons
Come marching down through Fyve-io,
And the captain fell in love with a very bonny lass
As we marched through the bonny streets of Fyve-io.

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1 "The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie" is a Scottish folk song about a thwarted romance between a soldier and a girl. Like many folk songs, the authorship is unattributed, there is no strict version of the lyrics, and it is often referred to by its opening line "There once was a troop o' Irish dragoons". The song is also known by a variety of other names, the most common of them being "Peggy-O".

2 Fyvie is a small village in the region of Buchan, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It lies alongside the River Ythan and is on the A947 road. Fyvie is host to Fyvie Castle reputed to be home to some of the ancient Scottish kings. The village's school, with around 200 pupils, serves the surrounding rural area. There is a well known folk song The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie.

3 Auchterless is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The nearest large settlement is Turriff. Auchterless Church was built in 1879. Wikipedia Category: North East Scotland


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