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Loch Lomon


'Loch Lomond' is an old Jacobite Air based on an older folk tune Robin Cushie (Kind Robin Loves Me) from McGibbons Scots Tunes Book I, dated 1742. The words are attributed to Lady John Scott (1810-1900) who adapted a broadside by Sanderson of Edinburgh (1838). The version most are familiar with today is said to have first appeared in print in Poets and Poetry of Scotland (1876). Folklore has it that the words were written by a captured Jacobite solider in Carlisle Castle in 1745. Two soldiers were captured and one lived (took the high road) and the other was executed. This is a nice addition to Jacobite folklore, but otherwise is probably untrue.

Loch Lomond
(Loch Lomon)

Doric transcription by John Henderson on 31st January, 2006,
to an North American interpretation of the original music.

By yon bonny banks an by yon bonny braes
Far the sin sheens bricht oan Loch Lomon
Och we twa we syne pass'd sae mony blithesome days
Oan the bonny bonny banks o Loch Lomon

Chorus
Och ye'll tak the hich road an a'll tak the laich road
An a'll be i Scotlan afore ye
Bit wae is ma hairt oontil we syne kep aince mair
Oan the bonny bonny banks o Loch Lomon

A mynd far we pairted i yon shady glen
Oan the stey, stey side o Ben Lomon
Far bricht an purpie hued the auld hielan hulls we view'd
Fan the morn sleed quait oot frae the gloamin

Chorus
Och ye'll tak the hich road an a'll tak the laich road
An a'll be i Scotlan afore ye
Bit sae wae is ma hairt oontil we syne kep aince mair
Oan the bonny bonny banks o Loch Lomon

Very Short Interlude

The wee birds micht chirm an the wil flooers spang
An i sinsheen the watters are sleepin
Bit aye a sair brak hairt wull nae see anither Spring
An maist fowks wullnae ken hoo we wur greetin


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