Henrik Norbeck's Song Lyrics

Johnny is the Fairest Man

Sheet Music (and more information about this song)

1. As I roved out on a May morning to have a pleasant walk
Oh, I sat down by an old oak tree, to hear two lovers talk
to hear what they might say, my dear, to hear what they might say,
so I might know a little more 'bout love before I went away.

2. Come and sit on the grass, he said, on the dewy grass, said he
It's a long three quarters of a year or more since together we have been
Since together we have been, my dear, since together we have been
It's a long three quarters of a year or more since together we have been

3. Oh, I'll not sit on the grass, she said, now or at any other time
My heart is given to another fair one, and yours is no longer mine
Yours is no longer mine, my dear, yours is no longer mine
My heart is given to another fair one, and yours is no longer mine.

Chorus:
P stands for Paddy I suppose, J for my love John,
W stands for false Willie-o, but Johnny is the fairest one
Johnny is the fairest man, my dear, Johnny is the fairest man,
My heart is given to another fair one, for Johnny is the fairest man.

4. I'll climb up an old oak tree, I'll rob a little bird's nest
I'll fall down without breaking leaf or flower to the arms I love the best
To the arms I love the best, my dear, to the arms I love the best
I'll fall down without breaking leaf or flower to the arms I love the best.

5. And I don't care what an old woman says, her days they are gone
Neither do I care what a young maiden says, she's false to many a man
False to many a man, my dear, false to many a man
Neither do I care what a young maiden says, she's false to many a man.

Chorus

Alternate verses:
3. Oh, I'll not sit on the grass, she said, not now or at any other time
For you're in love with another fair one, and your heart is no longer mine
Your heart is no longer mine, my dear, your heart is no longer mine
For you're in love with another fair one, and your heart is no longer mine

4. I'll climb up an old oak tree, I'll rob a little bird's nest
I'll fall down without breaking leaf or flower to the arms I love the best
To the arms I love the best, my dear, to the arms I love the best
I'll fall down without breaking leaf or flower to the arms I love the best.

5. And I don't care what an old woman says, for her days they nearly are done,
And I don't care what a young man says, for his promise is too many's the one
His promise is too many's the one, my dear, his promise is too many's the one
And I don't care what a young man says, for his promise is too many's the one

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