O No John (Jeremy Rawson)

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Editor: Jeremy Rawson (submitted 2014-06-12).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 91 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: O No John
Composer: Jeremy Rawson
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATB and T solo
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published: 2014

Description: Arrangement for tenor soloist and SATB choir with piano accompaniment.

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Original text and translations

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1  On yonder hill there stands a creature,
Who she is I do not know.
I'll go and court her for her beauty;
She must answer Yes or No.
O No John! No John! No John! No!

2  My father is a Spanish captain -
Went to sea a month ago,
First he kissed me, then he left me -
Bid me always answer No.
O No John! No John! No John! No!

3  O Madam, in your face is beauty,
On your lips red roses grow,
Will you take me for your lover?
Madam, answer Yes or No.
O No John! No John! No John! No!

4  O Madam, I will give you jewels,
I will make you rich and free;
I will give you silken dresses,
Madam, will you marry me?
O No John! No John! No John! No!

 

5  O Madam since you are so cruel,
And that you do scorn me so,
If I may not be your lover,
Madam, will you let me go?
O No John! No John! No John! No!

6  Then I will stay with you for ever
If you will not be unkind.
Madam, I have vowed to love you
Would you have me change my mind?
O No John! No John! No John! No!

7  O hark! I hear the church bells ringing,
Will you come to be my wife?
Or dear Madam, have you settled
To live single all your life?
O No John! No John! No John! No!