name is Jamie Raeburn, frae Glasgow toon I came;
place and habitation I'm forced tae leave wi' shane;
my place and habitation I now maun gang awa',
frae the bonnie hills and dales o' Caledonia.
early one morning, just by the break of day,
were 'wakened by the turnkey, who unto us did say -
"Arise, ye hapless convicts, arise ye ane and a',
is the day ye are to stray from Caledonia."
arose, put on our clothes, our hearts were full of grief,
friends who a' stood round the coach, could grant us no relief;
parents, wives, and sweethearts, their hearts were broke in twa,
us leave the hills and dales o' Caledonia.
Farewell, my aged mother, I'm vexed for what I've done,
none will cast up to you the race that I have run;
God will protect you when I am far awa,
from the bonnie hills and dales of Caledonia.
Farewell, my honest father, you are the best of men,
likewise my own sweetheart, it's Catherine is her name,
mair we'll walk by Clyde's clear stream or by the Broomielaw,
must leave the hills and dales of Caledonia.
Footnote : This is one of the best known of the countless songs written
about transportation. Jamie Raeburn is reputed to have been a baker in
Glasgow, sentenced for petty theft, of which, in popular imagination at
any rate, he was innocent.