“Busk, Busk, Bonnie Lassie”


Singer asks girl to go with him. He points to shepherds and soldiers marching, and the snowy hills, which parted many lovers and will part them. Refrain: "Busk, busk, bonnie lassie, and come alang wi me/I will tak' ye tae Glenisla near bonnie Glenshee"


No relation to "Lass of Glenshee." - PJS

To busk, in this context, is to prepare to travel. - PJS, RBW

Cross references


  1. MacSeegTrav 33, "Busk, Busk, Bonnie Lassie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #832
  3. BI, McCST033


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1963 (collected from Charlotte Higgins)
Found in: Britain(Scotland(Aber))