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Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2005 7:02 am    Post subject: Re: what does 'nonny' mean? Reply with quote

"Daniel James" <wastebasket@nospam.aaisp.org> wrote in message
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In article news:<7be59b3a.0504060750.240f486d@posting.google.com>,
Anonymous wrote:
lately i read about the poem "Sigh No More, Ladies..." (From
"Much Ado about Nothing"). it aroused my question, i.e., what
does the nonny mean here?

Nonny -- and more particularly "Hey, nonny, nonny" (which has the
unusual distinction of being a well-known and recognized phrase
even though it is composed of nonsense words) -- is meaningless ...
but in the context of the song the suggestion is that "Hey, nonny,
nonny" is an exclamation of frivolity that might be made by the
ladies to whom the song is addressed once they have eschewed the
"sounds of woe" of the previous line.

Cheers,
Daniel.
--
..and don't say "tush", either! It's only a short step from "tush"
to "hey nonny nonny"; and then, I'm afraid, I'll shall have to call
the police.
-- Edmund Blackadder





"Half a league, half a league, half a league on, with a hey nonny, nonny
and a hot cha-cha! "

P.G. Wodehouse

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Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 7:04 am    Post subject: Re: what does 'nonny' mean? Reply with quote

"anonymous" <newbie_tw@yahoo.com.tw> wrote in message
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lately i read about the poem "Sigh No More, Ladies..." (From "Much Ado
about Nothing"). it aroused my question, i.e., what does the nonny
mean here?
additionally, does the leavy here mean the engery that summer emits?
or anyone would like to explain it are
also welcomed.
i appreciate it sincerely.
==========poem =========beg
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh nor more;
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never;
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo,
Or dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey, nonny, nonny.
==========poem =========end

The Violent Femmes turned an old poem like that into a song. It's called
"Hey Nonny Nonny", and can be found on their 1991 album "Why Do Birds Sing?"
According to the liner notes, the lyrics are based on the 16th century poem
"Colin", by The Shepard Tonie. The band made a few additions to the lyrics.
This usage seems to support Harvey's post about nonny covering "indelicate
allusions."


http://www.lyricsdepot.com/violent-femmes/hey-nonny-nonny.html

Beauty sat bathing by a spring where fairest shades did hide her
the winds blew calm the birds did sing the cool streams ran beside her
my wanton thoughts enticed mine eye to see what was forbidden
but better memory said "fie" so vain desire was chidden
hey nonny nonny oh hey nonny nonny
hey nonny nonny oh hey nonny nonnie
into a slumber then I fell when fond imagination
seemed to see but could not tell her feature or her fashion
but e'vn as babes in dreams do smile and sometimes fall a weeping
so I awaked as wise this while as when I fell a-sleeping
hey nonny nonny oh hey nonny nonny
hey nonny nonny oh hey nonny nonnie
say man are you down for doing something positive in the community?
no I don't think I'll ever do that again
well ain't you worried about doing the right thing?
well I don't care if I hey nonny nonny nonny ho nonny nonny nonny


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