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Bonnie Gateshead Lass / Jamie Allan




I'll warrant you've never seen my lass
Her name I cannot mention
For fear you'll go and tell her
How I like her so I do
It's just for lads and lasses
Whisper their affection
The bonniest lass in Gateshead's
Face is bothering me

The first time I saw her
I thought I didn't know her
I was sure I'd seen her face before
I couldn't think of where
Her blue eyes met mine in passing
Up the high street in the morning
And her look was so entrancing
That my heart was mine no more

Well I didn't see her for a week
Until one night at the bridge end
I stamped upon her gown
And they gathers they came away
She told me I was clumsy
I said that I was sorry
I humbly begged her pardon
I was licked for what to say

So I walked on by her side
Just as if I had a right to do
The conversation at first was shy
But then it turned first class
We talked about the weather
And she mentioned that her father
Was a puddler down at Hawks's
Oh my bonnie Gateshead lass

She mentioned confidentially
That her uncle was a grocer
And her mother's father's cousin
Was a fiddler on the shore
She talked so nice and friendly
And looked both sweet and pleasant
I thought I'd never seen a lass
So charming like before

She says her mother keeps a shop
And sells hot pies and candy
Her brother he's a cobbler
In the high part of the town
Now she was a dressmaker
And we got on so well together
I blessed I'd been so awkward
As to stand upon her gown

I made her laugh and slap me lug
For talking lots of nonsense
But bless you when you're courting
There's nowt so good'll pass
I asked her would she be my lass
And I'd take her out on Sunday
To my delight she says "I might"
My bonnie Gateshead lass

(Trad. arr. The Whisky Priests)



(Trad. arr. The Whisky Priests)

© 1992 Whippet Records

Copyright Control MCPS/PRS


Releases (on Whippet Records unless otherwise stated)

Original Studio Version

Timeless Street

CD / Cassette / Vinyl LP

(WPTCD6 / WPTC6 / WPT6) 1992

Live Version

Bloody Well Live!

CD / Cassette (WPTCD7 / WPTC7) 1993


Video clips

Live at Kalaka Folk Festival, Miscolc, Hungary, 12th July 1992.