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Bonnie Banks 0' Loch Lomon'

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Melody: Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomon' (Duration: 2:00) [Artist: Unknown]
Bonnie Banks 0' Loch Lomon'

By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomon'.
Where me and my true love were ever wont to gae
On the bonnie, bonnie banks 0' Loch Lomon'.

Chorus:

O ye'll tak' the high road and I'll tak' the low road,
An' I'll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks 0' Loch Lomon'.

Chorus:

'Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen,
On the steep, steep side 0' Ben Lomon',
Where in purple hue the Hieland hills we view,
An' the moon comin' out in the gloamin'

Chorus:

The wee birdies sing and the wild flow'rs spring,
And in sunshine the waters are sleepin';
But the broken heart it kens nae second spring,
Tho' the waefu' may cease frae their greetin'.

Chorus:

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Comments:

The song refers to two of Bonnie Prince Charlie's men left behind in Carlisle after his retreat from England. One was to be executed, the other released. The Spirit of the dead soldier travelling by the 'low road' would reach Scotland before his comrade, struggling over miles of high rugged country.

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