BOBBY SHAFTO Bobby Shafto's gone to sea, silver buckles on his knee, He " ll come back and marry me, Bonny Bobby Shafto Bobby Shafto's tall and slim, he's always dressed so neat and trim The lasses they all keek at him! Bonny Bobby Shafto Bobby Shafto's gone to sea, silver buckles on his knee He " ll come back and marry me, Bonny Bobby Shafto Bobby Shafto's gett in' a bairn, for to dangle in his air mIn his air and on his knee, Bonny Bobby Shafto Bobby Shafto's gone to sea, silver buckles on his knee, He " ll come back and marry me, Bonny Bobby Shafto Bobby Shafto's been to sea, Silver Buckles on his knee; He's come home and married me, Bonny Bobby Shafto! Spennymoor is a town with industrial origins, but the countryside nearby has an unexpected romantic connection. The connection is with Whitworth Hall, not far from the River Wear to the north of the town. Here once lived none other than a certain Mr Robert Shafto, whose name is immortalized in the well known North Country Ballad; Bobby Shafto was in fact a County Durham M. P, who was elected in 1761, when the song was used as an election jingle. A sweetheart of Bobby Shafto, to whom the ballad is often attributed is believed to have lived at Brancepeth Castle across the River Wear, three miles north of Whitworth, near the outskirts of Durham City. She died of a broken heart! .' Bobby Shafto's gone to sea, Silver buckles on his knee, He " ll come back and marry me, Bonny Bobby Shafto.

Bobby Shafto's bright and fair, Combing down his yellow hair; He's my ain for ever mair Bonny Bobby Shafto. Bobby Shafto went to court All in gold and silver wrought Like a grandee as he ought Bonny Bobby Shafto. Bobby Shafto rode a race Well I mind his bonny face Won it in a tearing pace Bonny Bobby Shafto. Bobby Shafto throws his gold Right and left like knights of old Now he's left out in the cold Bonny Bobby Shafto. Bobby Shafto's gett in' a bairn For to dangle on his air In his air and on his knee Bonny Bobby Shafto.'.