“The Bonnie Lassie's Answer”


"Farewell to Glasgow city, likewise to Lanarkshire, Farewell, my dearest parents, I'll never see you more." Poverty forces the young man to sea. The girl wishes he would stay, or that she could come along, "the bonnie lassie's answer was aye no, no."


  • NLScotland, RB.m.168(063), "The Bonnie Lasses' (sic.) Answer," James Lindsay (Glasgow), c. 1880; also L.C.Fol.178.A.2(087), "The Bonnie Lassie's Answers," unknown, n.d. (part of a multi-song sheet also containing a "Kangaroo" song); also L.C.Fol.73(127b), "The Bonnie Lassie's Answer," unknown, n.d.


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 68-70, "The Bonnie Lassie's Answer" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ord, pp. 73-75, "The Bonnie Lassie's Answer Was Aye Oh No" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #3326
  4. BI, FVS070


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Ford)
Found in: Britain(Scotland)