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Ballads and Songs
JOHNNY SCOT
(Child, No. 99)
For a full account of the tradition of this ballad, including two versions with the airs and a fragment, see Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, pp. 213—224. Ac­cording to the reckoning of these editors their three Maine texts brought the "total known versions of the ballad up to twenty-five." This, therefore, should be the twenty-sixth known version. Twenty are in Child, one in Greig's Last Leaves, pp. 74—7 5, and one in Campbell and Sharp, pp. 109-11 o.
No local title was given. The song was recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Miss Laura Harmon, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, August, 1928, who learned it from her father, "Uncle" Sam Harmon.
1. Johnny Scot, a handsome right ..........
Old England is so wide;
The fairest lady in old England By Johnny Scot's with child.
2. King Ed'ard wrote young Johnny a letter And sealed it with his hand.
He sent it away to young Johnny Scot As fast as a letter could go.
3. The very first lines, young Johnny, he read, It caused him for to smile.
And1 very next line he read The tears run down for a while,
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