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No lark in transport mounts the sky
Nor leaves with early plaintive cry,
But I maun bid my last goodbye,
My last farewell to Stirling O.
Chorus :
Tho' far awa, my hert's wi you,
Our youthful hours, upon wings they flew;
But I will bid my last adieu,
My last farewell to Stirling O.
Nae mair I'll meet you in the dark,
Nor gang wi you to the King's Park,
Nor raise the hare oot frae their flap
When I gang far frae Stirling O.
Nae mair I'll wander through the glen,
Nor disturb the roost of the pheasant hen,
Nor chase the rabbits to their den,
When I gang far frae Stirling O.
There's one request afore I go,
And that is to my comrades all -
My dog and gun ye'll keep for me
When I gang far frae Stirling O.
Noo fare ye weel, my Jeannie dear -
For you I'll shed a bitter tear,
But I hope you'll find some other, dear,
When I am far frae Stirling O.
Then fare ye weel, for I am bound
For twenty years to Van Diemen's land,
But speak of me and what I've done
When I gang far frae Stirling O.
Footnote : A transportation song which I first came across in 'Personal Choice', a compilation of Scottish Folksongs and Ballads by Ewan MacColl which was first published in New York in 1962. According to his notes, it was contributed by Hamish Henderson of the School of Scottish Studies from the singing of Willie Mathieson of Castleton, near Banff, and Jamie Taylor of Fyvie. For a song of Stirling it had travelled far!


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