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JOHN ANDERSON, MY JO

January 22, 2020

 

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/john-anderson-my-jo      

 

As we approach the birthday of Robert Burns, I thought I’d like to delve into my back catalogue and come up with a favourite. I have no doubt that a thousand singers will perform this at Burns Suppers around the world in coming days. The words reflect the long-standing love of an elderly couple who have grown old together. A classic by Burns.

 

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, 
And hand in hand we'll go, 
And sleep thegither at the foot, 
John Anderson, my jo.

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