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Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be? (Full Audio and Lyrics)




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Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Dear, dear! What can the matter be? Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Johnny"s so long at the fair. He promised to buy me a bunch of blue ribbons, He promised to buy me a bunch of blue ribbons, He promised to buy me a bunch of blue ribbons To tie up my bonnie brown hair. Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Dear, dear! What can the matter be? Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Johnny"s so long at the fair. He promised to bring me a basket of posies A garland of lilies, a gift of red roses A little straw hat to set off the blue ribbons That tie up my bonnie brown hair. Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Oh, dear! What can the matter be? Johnny"s so long at the fair. Words & Music: TraditionalArrangement: Ian J Watts/Mike Wilbury


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Origin and background

The oldest known version of this song was published in the Mansfield MS, a collection of Scots songs, between 1770 and 1780: O what can the matter beAnd what can the matter beO what can the matter beJohnny bydes long at the fairHe"ll buy me a twopenny whistleHe"ll buy me a threepenny fairH"ll buy me a Bunch o" Blue RibbonsTo tye up my bonny Broun HairO saw ye him comingAnd saw ye him comingO saw ye him comingHame frae the Newcastle fairThe song became familiar all over Englands and was included in Songs for the Nursery in 1805. It became a favourite in particular of young nurses with a romantic mind. The charming and unmasking aspect about this song is the fact that the girl first seems to be anxious about her friend (maybe fiancé) but during the song it gets quite clear that she is actually more concerned about the (cheap!) presents he promised to bring her from the fair.

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Anyway, the girl still comes across very likable, inspite of (or even because of) her simplicity.