“Bonnie Jean O' Aberdeen, She Lang'd for a Baby”


"Oh, there was a farmer's daughter And she longed for a baby And she rolled up a big grey hen And she put it into the cradle ... she rocked the cradle, saying: If it wasn't for your big long neb I would gie ye a draw of the diddy, oh"


The opening lines of the four Opie-Oxford2 texts are "A girl in the army She longed for a baby,' "There was a miller's dochter, She couldna want a babie,' "The little lady lairdie She longt for a baby" and "There once was a lady Who longed for a babby oh."

"Neb" can be either beak or nose. "Diddy" is teat. (source: _Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged_, 1976) - BS

Cross references

  • cf. "Rose Tree in Full Bearing" (tune, notes to IREButcher01)


  • Eddie Butcher, "The Farmer's Daughter" (on IREButcher01)


  1. Opie-Oxford2 183, "A girl in the army" (4 texts)
  2. Roud #2293
  3. BI, OOx2183


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1803 (Mother Goose's Melody, according to Opie-Oxford2)
Keywords: bird baby humorous
Found in: Ireland