Why May I Not Love Johnny? - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*"I trow" means "I reckon" or "I'll bet".


Kelsey wrote me, "(here is an) English song that's not very well known, but I gather it used to be quite popular in its day. At first glance, it looks like a love ballad, but on closer inspection of the text, you can see that it's not meant to be so much romantic as it is familial. (Mom and Dad are dressing Johnny together so they can go to the fair, etc....)"

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Kelsey Forbes for contributing this song in January 2005. The illustration comes from The Real Mother Goose (1916), illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright.

Thanks so much!