BILLY BOY

Sing Out Loud Traditional Songs

For English Language Teachers Around the World

American English, United States Department of State.

Lyrics, MP3 and PDF download files for many songs available.


"Billy Boy" answers lots of questions about his girl friend. He would like to get married, but says the girl is too young to leave her mother.

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Oh, where have you been,

Billy Boy, Billy Boy,

Where have you been charming Billy?

I have been to seek a wife,

she's the joy of my life,

She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.


Did she ask you to come in,

Billy Boy, Billy Boy,

Did she ask you to come in, charming Billy?

Yes, she asked me to come in,

there's a dimple on her chin,

She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.


Can she make a cherry pie,

Billy Boy, Billy Boy,

Can she make a cherry pie, charming Billy?

She can make a cherry pie,

quick as the cat can wink an eye,

She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.

Can she make a feather bed,

Billy Boy, Billy Boy,

Can she make a feather bed, charming Billy?

She can make a feather bed,

while a-standing on her head,

She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.


How tall is she,

Billy Boy, Billy Boy,

How tall is she, charming Billy?

She is as tall as any pine,

and as straight as a pumpkin vine,

She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.


How old is she,

Billy Boy, Billy Boy,

How old is she, charming Billy?

She is sixty times eleven,

twenty-eight and forty- seven,

She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother!

Picture of pumpkin flower attached

to its vine. Billy Boy says his girl is

as straight as a pumpkin vine.

Billy Boy’s girl can bake a Cherry Pie

quicker than the cat can wink an eye

Pumpkin flower
Bongo Cat Redraw

Cartoon Picture of “Bongo Cat”

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Cherry pie with lattice, February 2008