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BONNIE UDNY
Traditional

Oh Udny, bonnie Udny, ye shine faur ye stand,
The mair I look on ye, the mair my hert yearns;
Though I'm East or I'm West, where'er I may be,
O' a' the lands o' Scotland, bonnie Udny for me.
 
Oh, it's ye'll pu' the reid rose, and I'll pu' the thyme,
For ye'll drink tae your love, and I'll drink tae mine;
For my mind will not alter, nor go to and fro,
But I'll be kind-herted tae the lassie I lo'e.
 
Noo it's time tae drink up, boys, it is time tae gyang hame,
For tae bide here ony langer we'd get a bad name.
And tae get a bad name, boys, that never wad dee,
And the lang walks o' Udny are a' tae gae through.
 
Oh Udny, bonnie Udny, ye shime faur ye stand,
The mair I look on ye, the mair my hert yearns;
Though I'm East or I'm West, where'er I may be,
O' a' the lands o' Scotland, bonnie Udny for me.
Footnote : Scots not only have traditional loyalty to their native land but to the airt where they were born  and the Aberdeenshire village of Udny is obviosly no exception. Was this hymn of praise written by an exiled son of Udny far from home or one who had gone the 13 miles to Aberdeen? I know just how he felt as although I have lived most of my life in exile from my bonnie Aberdeen the Granite City is still home to me. 

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