“One Night As I Lay On My Bed”


Singer dreams of his love; the dreams torment him so much that he goes out and calls at her window, bidding her to let him in. She demurs, saying her parents will punish her. He says they're asleep and won't hear; she lets him in.


[The earliest known version of this was a] fragment found by Burns [and] published in Johnson's "The Scots Musical Museum." - PJS

Cross references


  • Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, "One Night as I Lay On My Bed" (on ENMacCollSeeger02)


  1. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 79, "One Night as I Lay On My Bed" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Karpeles-Newfoundland 81, "Go From My Window" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. DT, LAYBED*
  4. Roud #672
  5. BI, VWL079


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1803 (Scots Musical Museum)
Keywords: courting sex nightvisit
Found in: Britain(England(South),Scotland) Canada(Newf)