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Billy Boy

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Uploaded on Feb 9, 2009

This tune is probably from 19th century England and was originally called Willie Lad and Charming William.

This song has particular meaning for me because my father's name was William. He was called Bill as an adult but to his family back home in England he was always known as Willie.


(D) Where have you been Billy Boy, Billy Boy
Where have you been charming (A7) Billy?
I have been to seek a wife
She's the (D) joy of my life
She's a (A7) young thing
and cannot leave her (D) mother

Did she bid you come in Billy Boy, Billy Boy
Did she bid you come in charming (A7) Billy?
Yes she bade me come in
There's a (D) dimple in her chin
She's a (A7) young thing a
and cannot leave her (D) mother

Can she make a cherry pie Billy Boy, Billy Boy
Can she make a cherry pie charming (A7) Billy?
She can make a cherry pie
Quick's a (D) cat can wink its eye
She's a (A7) young thing
and cannot leave her (D) mother

Oh oh where have you been Billy Boy, Billy Boy
Where have you been charming (A7) Billy?
I have been to seek a wife
She's the (D) joy of my life
She's a (A7) young thing
and cannot leave her (D) mother

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