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Folk Songs, Billy Boy

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TriciaF Wed 14-Dec-16 16:42:40

This was one of the folk songs I knew in my childhood, but looking it up on Wiki etc, it's nothing like the version I knew. Which started:
Where have ye been aal the day, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?
Where have ye been aal the day ma Billy Boy?
Aa've been waalkin aal the day wiv me darlin' Nancy May
And me Nancy kittled me fancy
OOh... me charmin Billy Boy. etc (other verses).
Last verse:
Is she fit te be yer wife Billy Boy Billy Boy?
Is she fit te be yer wife me Billy Boy?
She's as fit to be me wife as a fork is to a knife
And me Nancy kittled me fancy
Ooh... me charmin Billy Boy.
Hoping someone remembers this version.

margrete Sat 20-Jan-18 12:18:19

'Singin' hinnies' I think are sort of like sweet pancakes baked on a griddle.

Janteh Sun 06-May-18 18:15:12

Singing hinnies are a type of sweet fruit scone cooked on the griddle (large to be cut into wedges) called this cos they are supposed to sing as they cook. For those who aren’t of Geordie heritage hinnie is a term of endearment for a female person, often implying they are talkative, in our family at least. There’s a recipe for singing hinnies in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.

BradfordLass72 Tue 15-Jan-19 20:56:19

Hine - said 'hinnie' is also used, in exactly the same way, by New Zealand Maori, half a world away.

I often wonder if that's a coincidence, or whether whalers, hearing it in NZ, took it back with them?

Fennel Wed 16-Jan-19 09:46:52

Yes that's a coincidence. But I always thought hinnie was geordie for honey.
eg "haway Hinnie, we're ganin yem"