She's Bonnie an' Braw

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X:1 T:She's Bonnie an' Braw M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig N:”For Flirtation.” B:Skinner – The Scottish Violinist (1900, p. 46) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A E | c>BA AGF | (EA2) A2 (A/G/) | FGA Bcd | (G3G2) (F/E/) | c>BA A2 G/A/ |FAA A2 A/A/ | G>FE EFG | (A3A2) || G/A/ | Be^d cBA | G(B2 B2) B/A/ | GAB AGF | (E3e2) e/e/ | f>ed cBA | GFF F2 A/A/ | G>FE EFG | (A3 A2) ||

SHE'S BONNIE AN' BRAW(, AN' THAT'S A'). Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. From the Logie Collection (1888, p. 14), composed by Aberdeenshire fiddler-composer J. Scott Skinner (1843-1927). Skinner characterizes it “For Flirtation.” The title harkens to the older Scottish jig "She's Fair and Fause," but Skinner dedicated his tune to James Munro, a chemist in Inverurie. Words by "W.M." were printed with the tune and tell of a haughty and disdainful female--one wonders if chemist Munro was a rejected suitor:

She's bonnie an' braw, an' that's a'
Her heart is as could as the snow,
She can sing, she can dance, she has been over to France,
She is fu' o' romance, an' that's a'.

Her beauty's skin deep, an' that's a',
It's the velvet that covers the claw,
She's a honeybees flour, she's as light as the stour,
Ye may trust her an hour, an' that's a'.

"W.M." was William Martin, a schoolmaster at Inverkeithnie, near Turiff.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Ford (Vagabond Songs and Ballads of Scotland), 1901; pp. 178-179. Skinner (The Logie Collection), 1888; p. 14. Skinner (The Scottish Violinist), 1900; p. 46.

Recorded sources: - BRG-021, Bobby Brown and the Scottish Accent - "The Bobby Brown Collection" (2000).

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