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Richard Mellish Lyr Req: Glenisla / Bonny Glenshee (24) RE: Lyr Req: Glenisla / Bonny Glenshee 29 Jul 20


Refreshing this thread, and passing over the 12 Feb 12 unidentified GUEST's implausible claim to copyright of a song that has been in the tradition at least since Gavin Greig's time;
Often only three verses are sung:
Dae ye see you high hills (etc)
Dae ye see yon shepherd (laddies) (etc)
Dae ye see yon sodgers (etc)


Maureen Jelks also sang (and latterly Iona Fyfe sings)
Dae ye see yon laverock
As it scurries along,
And d'ye hear yon Blackbird
As it sweetly sings its song?

and
Then I will gang wi' ye
For your ae on my mind
It was never my intention
For tae leave ye behind.


That last verse fits as the last verse of the song, but needs something to lead into it. The need is partly satisfied by a verse from Stanley Robertson:
Fain I wad gang wi' ye
But free* I daurna' go
Fain I wad gang wi' ye
For I love ye so

*That word is unclear on the recording

It is also not totally clear exactly what is going on. The laddie says that the hills will "soon pairt us twa", apparently at the same time as inviting the lassie to "come awa wi' me". Is she reluctant, until the last verse? Or he is reluctant to take her with him? There's maybe a hint of the songs where he is one of the soldiers who are going off to war and he is either encouraging her to come with him (High Germany) or discouraging her (Banks of the Nile, etc), but in this instance his destination is Bonnie Glenshee, so presumably he's not off to war. In the last verse it would seem to be the lassie who says "I will gang wi' ye" but the laddie who says "It was never my intention For tae leave ye behind".

Can anyone add more verses and/or more thoughts?


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