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Johnny Shall Have a New Bonnet

Johnny Shall Have a New Bonnet - Mama Lisa's House of English Nursery Rhymes, Intro Image


Johnny shall have a new bonnet,
And Johnny shall go to the fair,
And Johnny shall have a new ribbon
To tie up his bonny brown hair.

And why may not I love Johnny?
And why may not Johnny love me?
And why may not I love Johnny?
As well as another body?

And here's a leg for a stocking,
And here is a foot for a shoe,
And he has a kiss for his daddy,
And two for his mammy, I trow.

And why may not I love Johnny?
And why may not Johnny love me?
And why may not I love Johnny
As well as another body?

Notes

Here's another version of this rhyme/song:

Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?

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.

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 bonny brown hair.

Photos & Illustrations

Johnny Shall Have a New Bonnet - Mama Lisa's House of English Nursery Rhymes, Comment Image

Thanks and Acknowledgements

The 1st illustration comes from Kate Greenaway's Mother Goose (1881). The second version of the rhyme comes from A History of Nursery Rhymes (1899) by Percy B. Green, and The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright (the 2nd illustration is from this latter book too).

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