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Faithful Johnny

[ RoudBS B97438 ; trad.]

Robin and Barry Dransfield sang Faithful Johnny in 1971 on their Trailer LP Lord of All I Behold. A live recording by Robin Dransfield at the Medway Folk Centre on November 14, 1972 was included on the CD reissue of his Topic album Tidewave, which was released with the name A Lighter Touch.

Graham Metcalfe sang Faithful Johnnie in 2006 on his WildGoose CD Songs from Yorkshire. He commented in his sleeve notes:

This is the only song I know which mentions Halloween. From an early Dransfield record.

The Claque sang My Faithful Johnnie in 2008 on their WildGoose CD Sounding Now. They commented in their liner notes:

The song My Faithful Johnnie, as sung here, was learned from Eileen Armstrong from Belfast in 1973. It has a strange provenance including claims that the tune is by Beethoven. Jeannie Robertson is probably best responsible for a wider knowledge of it.

Bryony Griffith sang Faithful Johnny on her and Will Hampson's 2011 CD Lady Diamond. They learned it from the singing of Graham Metcalfe.

Lyrics

Bryony Griffith sings Faithful Johnny

When will you come again, my faithful Johnny?
When will you come again, my faithful Johnny?
When the corn is gathered, when the leaves are withered,
I will come again, my sweet and bonnie, I will come again.

When will you come again, my faithful Johnny?
When will you come again, my faithful Johnny?
Though the night be dark with drift that I cannot see the light,
I will come again, my sweet and bonnie, I will come again.

When will you come again, my faithful Johnny?
When will you come again, my faithful Johnny?
Though the night be Halloween, when the fearful sights are seen
I will come again, my sweet and bonnie, I will come again.

When will you come again, my faithful Johnny?
When will you come again, my faithful Johnny?
Now the corn is gathered, now the leaves are withered,
I will come again, my sweet and bonnie, I will come again.

Links

See also the Mudcat Café thread Faithful Johnny.