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John Anderson, my jo, John

Language: Scottish (Scots)

John Anderson, my jo, John, 
  When we were first acquent, 
Your locks were like the raven, 
  Your bonie brow was brent; 
But now your brow is beld, John, 
  Your locks are like the snaw; 
But blessings on your frosty pow, 
  John Anderson, my jo! 

John Anderson, my jo, John, 
  We clamb the hill thegither, 
And mony a cantie day, John, 
  We've had wi' ane anither: 
Now we maun totter down, John, 
  But hand in hand we'll go, 
And sleep thegither at the foot, 
  John Anderson, my jo!

Translation(s): FRE GER GER GER GER

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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 223.

Submitted by Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) FRE by John Böie, Heinrich August Marschner, Fredrik Pacius, Henry Hugo Pierson, Karl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858) , "John Anderson" DUT ENG FRE by Adolf Jensen, Theobald Kretschmann, Henry Hugo Pierson, Robert Schumann.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE by Paul Hermann Franz Graener.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE by August Bungert.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "John Anderson, mon chéri", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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