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Lyr Req: Sweet Little House...? /Bonnie Wee Window

GUEST,aliciah67 16 Oct 02 - 09:18 PM
Genie 16 Oct 02 - 09:55 PM
toadfrog 16 Oct 02 - 10:15 PM
toadfrog 16 Oct 02 - 10:18 PM
kendall 16 Oct 02 - 10:50 PM
Bill D 17 Oct 02 - 12:25 AM
Genie 17 Oct 02 - 01:11 AM
GUEST,LTN 16 Mar 13 - 03:30 PM
Don Firth 16 Mar 13 - 06:41 PM
Jim Dixon 17 Mar 13 - 12:29 PM
Gutcher 17 Mar 13 - 09:05 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Sweet Little House Where Grandmother
From: GUEST,aliciah67
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 09:18 PM

Burl ives once did a song called "The Sweet Little House Where Grandmother Dwelt" (I think) It was about a lass who lived there and her beau who poked his head through a broken window-pane and couldn't get it back. The lyrics start: A bonny wee lassie, whose name it was Nell, lived in the house where her grandmother dwelled. The house it was small with three windows no less, each having four panes, one needing a glass . . . ' Can't find it in Ives' collections.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Sweet Little House Where Grandmother
From: Genie
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 09:55 PM

The DT has a slightly different version of the song:

"The Bonnie Wee Window"

I'm still looking to see if the forum has the version that Burl sang, which ended "...where Grandmother dwells."

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Sweet Little House Where Grandmother
From: toadfrog
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 10:15 PM

I can remember part of it, anyway:

Oh Johnnie, oh Johnnie, I think it amiss,
Before going away just to give me one kiss.
"That I will Nellie," he answered her true.
To her surprise, he stuck his head through:

That dear little window,
That nice little window,
That sweet little window,
Where grandmother dwells.


............[missing here] la la la
She grabbed up the ladle, and a lick she gave one,
Another like that would have broke his backbone!

With his head through the window,
That dear little window,
That sweet little window,
Where grandmother dwells.


[More missing]
He ran down the road, with might and with main,
While around his shoulders the sash and the frame

Of that dear little window,
That nice little window,
That sweet little window,
Where grandmother dwells.




[More missing]
He ran


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Sweet Little House Where Grandmother
From: toadfrog
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 10:18 PM

Oh yes, it starts:

A bonny wee lassie, whose name it was Nell,
Did in a house with her grandmother dwell,
The house it was small and the window no less,
Having four panes, one needed a glass,

That dear little window [Etc.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Sweet Little House Where Grandmother
From: kendall
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 10:50 PM

He gave her three kisses and great was the smack,
to his surprise he couldn't get his head back from that hole in the
window etc..
He ripped and he tore and he cursed and he swore
granma heard the racket, jumped out on the floor,
she picked up a ladle etc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Sweet Little House Where Grandmother
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Oct 02 - 12:25 AM

Cut, pasted, rearranged, edited...etc...*grin* (I have the record...have been singing this for 'almost' 40 years)

A bonny wee lassie, whose name it was Nell,
Lived in a house where her grandmother dwelled,
The house it was small and the window no less,
Having four panes, one needed a glass,

for that

That dear little window,
That nice little window,
That sweet little window,
Where grandmother dwelled.

Oh Johnnie, oh Johnnie, I think it amiss,
Before going away not to give me one kiss.
"That I will Nellie," he answered her true.
To her surprise, he stuck his head through:


He gave her three kisses and great was the smack,
But to his surprise he couldn't get his head back

from that hole in the window etc..

He ripped and he tore and he cursed and he swore
granma heard the racket, jumped out on the floor,
She picked up the poker and a lick she gave one
Another like that would have broke his backbone.

with his head in the window..etc..

"She lifted the ladle from out of the pot,
No batter ere' took the beating he got,
He ran down the road with might and with main,
And around his shoulders, the sash & the frame.

of that...etc..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Sweet Little House Where Grandmother
From: Genie
Date: 17 Oct 02 - 01:11 AM

Oh, yes, folks, it's all coming back to me now. Thanks for the refresher course.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sweet Little House...? /Bonnie Wee Window
From: GUEST,LTN
Date: 16 Mar 13 - 03:30 PM

A bonny wee lassie, whose name it was Nell,
Lived in a house with her grandmother dwell,
The house it was small and the windows no less,
Having four panes, one needed a glass,
That nice little window,        That cute little window,
Sweet little window,                 Where grandmother dwell(s).

Oh Johnnie, oh Johnnie, I think it amiss,
Before going away just to give me one kiss.
----"That I will Nellie," he answered her true.
To her surprise, he poked his head through
That hole in the window,        That nice little window,
That cute little window,         Where grandmother dwell(s).

He gave her three kisses and great was the smack,
To her surprise he couldn't get his head back
from.
That hole in the window,        That nice little window,
That cute little window,         Where grandmother dwell(s).

He ripped and he tore and he cursed and he swore
Granma heard the racket, jumped out on the floor,
She grabbed for the poker and a lick she gave one,
Another like that would have broke his backbone!
With his head in the window        That nice little window,
That cute little window,         Where grandmother dwell(s).

She lifted the ladle from out of the pot,
No batter ere' took the beating he got,
He ran down the road, with might and with main,
While around his shoulder the sash and the frame
Of that cute little window,        That sweet little window,
Nice little window,                        Where grandmother dwell(s).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sweet Little House...? /Bonnie Wee Window
From: Don Firth
Date: 16 Mar 13 - 06:41 PM

Yeah, I've been singing that one since the early Fifties. It was one of the first half-dozen songs I learned.

Don Firth


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BONNIE WEE WINDOW
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Mar 13 - 12:29 PM

Sheet music for THE BONNIE WEE WINDOW, arranged by William Moodie, was being advertised in "The Musical Times" January 1, 1891.

The following text is from Vagabond Songs and Ballads of Scotland edited by Robert Ford (Paisley: Alexander Gardner, 1899), page 20:


THE BONNIE WEE WINDOW.

1. There was a young lass, and her name it was Nell,
In a bonnie wee hoose wi' her grannie did dwell;
The hoose it was wee, but the window was less,
It had but four panes, and ane wanted gless.
    'Twas a bonnie wee window, a sweet little window,
    The bonniest wee window that ever ye saw.

2. For this broken pane they a purpose did fin',
To lat onything oot, or tak' onything in;
But to Nelly it served for a purpose maist dear,
For her lovers at nicht cam' a-courtin' her here,
    At this bonnie wee window, etc.

3. It happened ae nicht grannie gaed to her bed,
That Johnnie, the brawest lad young Nelly had,
Cam' far ower the hills his dear lassie to see,
And wi' high expectations there planted was he,
    At this bonnie wee window, etc.

4. But the fond, youthfu' pair hadna got muckle said,
When grannie cried, "Nell, come awa' to your bed!"
"I'm comin', dear grannie," young Nelly did say,
"So fare-ye-weel, Johnnie, for I maun away
    Frae this bonnie wee window," etc.

5. "Oh! Nelly, dear lass, dinna tak' it amiss,
But before ye gae 'wa' ye maun grant me a kiss,"
So aff gaed his bannet, but gudeness kens hoo
He managed sae quickly to get his head through
    This bonnie wee window, etc.

6. A kiss Johnnie got, and sweet was the smack,
But for his dear life couldna get his head back.
He ruggit, he tuggit, he bawled, and he cursed
Till Nell's sides wi' lauchin were baith like to burst,
    At his head in the window, etc.

7. Noo when the auld grannie did hear the uproar,
She rax'd for the poker, syne ran to the door,
And ower Johnnie's back sic a thump she laid on,
Anither sic like would have crack'd his backbone.
    And his head in the window, etc.

8. A' burning wi' shame, and smarting wi' pain,
He ruggit and tuggit wi' micht and wi' main,
Till the jambs they gied way and the lintel did break,
Though still the best hauf o't stuck fast to his neck.
    'Twas an awfu' wee window, etc.

9. As soon as the window in ruins did lie,
Auld grannie let out such a horrible cry,
It alarm'd a' the neighbours—lad, lass, man, and wife,
And caused poor Johnnie to rin for his life,
    Frae the bonnie wee window, etc.

10. O'er hill and o'er dale he pursued his way hame,
Like a bear that was hunted, ne'er lookin' behin';
And the neighbours they follow'd wi' clamour and squeals,
While some of them hunted their dogs at his heels.
    'Twas a bonnie wee window, etc.

11. When Johnnie got hame, wi' a hatchet did he
Frae his wooden gravat syne set himsel' free;
But he vow'd that the deil micht tak' him for his ain
If he e'er kiss'd a lass through a window again,
    Be she ever sae bonnie, or live wi' her grannie,
    Or the bonniest wee lassie that ever he saw.

The humours of a country courtship have never perhaps been more graphically set forth than by the unknown writer of this seldom printed, though well known, song. James Nicholson's "Iniphm," not less popular, is set to the same tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sweet Little House...? /Bonnie Wee Window
From: Gutcher
Date: 17 Mar 13 - 09:05 PM

If I remember rightly this was one Burl picked up in Glasgow after the 2nd.WW. He stravaiged the streets of Glasgow with a well known Glasgow writer whose name escapes me at the moment, mention of their escapades was published by the writer in a book???? Another song he picked up at the time was the 1946 rewrite of the old country ballad "Carnwath Mull".
The rather risque 4th. verse of the old ballad goes::---

"Aa slippet ma haun doon the neck o her goon
Jist tae gie her bit paps a kittle
Man she writhed and riggled and pretended tae swoon
Jist like a troot that ye"d newly guddle."

I leave you all to garner your own translation of the Scots words in this verse.

Where else in song is there mention of the old country pastime of guddling for trout.?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sweet Little House...? /Bonnie Wee Window
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Mar 13 - 11:43 PM

Guddling is mentioned in the short story "The Mennans" by Robert Maclellan, in The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories. IIRC, the line was:

"Tam whyles guddles oor troot, an he disnae aye gie 'em back."

I remember it vividly because I once read that story aloud for a gathering of friends. As part of my preparation, "guddles" was one of many words in that story that I had to look up.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sweet Little House...? /Bonnie Wee Window
From: Gutcher
Date: 18 Mar 13 - 07:04 AM

Aye Jim I remember the Linnmill stories weel.
As small boys we had to guddle a troot for the well when a replacement was required. Guddling among a fine pair o paps would be a pleasure reserved for a later time in life but I am convinced that both the lassies and the trout enjoyed the experience.
Bye the bye was Cliff Handley the name of the writer who showed Burl Ives the bright lights of Glasgow in the immediate post war period and taught him songs such as the Bonny Wee Window and Carnwath Mull?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sweet Little House...? /Bonnie Wee Window
From: GUEST
Date: 12 May 18 - 07:18 PM

A Boonie Wee Lassie is the name of the song


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