Buttermilk Hill

Revolutionary-era American song, based on an Irish song

Here I sit on Buttermilk Hill
Who can blame me, cry my fill
And ev'ry tear would turn a mill,
Johnny has gone for a soldier.

I'll sell my rack, I'll sell my reel,
Likewise I'll sell my spinning wheel,
To buy my love a coat of steel,
Johnny has gone for a soldier.

Me, oh my, I loved him so,
Broke my heart to see him go,
And only time will heal my woe,
Johnny has gone for a soldier.

"Gibberish" version:

Shule, shule, shule-a-roo,
Shule-a-rack-shack, shule-a-baba-coo,
When I saw my Sally-bally-beal,
Come bibble in the bush-eye lorrie.

I’ll sell my hat, I‘ll sell my coat,
To buy my wife a little bitty boat,
And down the river we will float,
Come bibble in the bush-eye lorrie.

Original Irish:

Siúil, siúil, siúil a rúin,
Siúil go socair agus siúil go ciúin,
Siúil go doras agus éalaigh liom,
'S go dtéigh tú, a mhúirnín, slán.