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.
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.