BILLY BOY

 

 

 

 

          Everyone reads the red lines.

 

1.     Reader 1     Oh, where have you been, Billy boy, Billy boy,

2.                  Oh, where have you been, charming Billy?

3.                  I have been to seek a wife, she's the joy of my young life,

4.                  She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

5.     Reader 2     Did she ask you to come in, Billy boy, Billy boy,

6.                  Did she ask you to come in, charming Billy?

7.                  She did ask me to come in, with a dimple in her chin,

8.                  She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

9.     Reader 3     Did she ask you to sit down, Billy boy, Billy boy,

10.                      Did she ask you to sit down, charming Billy?

11.                      She did ask me to sit down, with a curtsey to the ground,

12.                      She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

13.         Reader 4     Did she set for you a chair, Billy boy, Billy boy,

14.                      Did she set for you a chair, charming Billy?

15.                      Yes, she set for me a chair, she's got ringlets in her hair,

16.                      She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

17.         Reader 5     How old is she, Billy boy, Billy boy,

18.                      How old is she, charming Billy?

19.                      She's three times six, four times seven, twenty-eight and eleven,

20.       She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

21.         Reader 6     How tall is she, Billy boy, Billy boy,

22.                      How tall is she, charming Billy?

23.                      She's as tall as any pine and as straight 's a pumpkin vine,

24.                      She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

25.         Reader 7     Can she make a cherry pie, Billy boy, Billy boy,

26.                      Can she make a cherry pig charming Billy?

27.                      She can make a cherry pie, quick 's a cat can wink her eye,

28.                      She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

29.         Reader 8     Does she often go to church, Billy boy, Billy boy,

30.                      Does she often go to church, charming Billy?

31.                      Yes, she often goes to church, with her bonnet white as birch,

32.                      She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

33.         Reader 9     Can she make a pudding well, Billy boy, Billy boy,

34.                      Can she make a pudding well, charming Billy?

35.                      She can make a pudding well, I can tell it by the smell,

36.                      She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

37.         Reader 10    Can she make a feather-bed, Billy boy, Billy boy,

38.                      Can she make a feather-bed, charming Billy?

39.                      She can make a feather-bed, place the pillows at the head,

40.                      She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

 

41.         Reader 11    Can she card and can she spin, Billy boy, Billy boy,

42.                      Can she card and can she spin, charming Billy?

43.                      She can card and she can spin, she can do most anything,

44.                      She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.