How a nice Jewish Boy from Baltimore made it this far. The trials and tribulations, not to mention the fun and frolics of every day life.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Song Lyrics: Will Ye No Come Back Again

I couldna hae been more than a wee little bairn when I watched Gunga Din for the first time and heard this song as the Black Watch marches toward the trap set by evil Guru. I fell in love with it even then. The time went by and about 20 years later I bought my first Schooner Fair album and lo and behold the last song on the record was the same song. Over the years I've bought a number of albums with this song on it and once again through the marvel of modern science and technology I am able to provide the lyrics for all to see and enjoy. I've also included the web site that I got this from which provides the tune that goes with the lyrics.

Will Ye No Come Back Again?

Bonny Charlie's noo awa
Safely oer the friendly main;
Mony a heart will break in twa,
Should he no come back again.

Will ye no come back again?
Will ye no come back again?
Better loed ye canna be;
Will ye no come back again?

Ye trusted in your Hielan men,
They trusted you dear Charlie!
They kent your hiding in the glen,
Death and exile braving.

English bribes were a in vain
Tho puir and puirer we mun be;
Siller canna buy the heart
That aye beats warm for thine an thee.

We watched thee in the gloamin hour;
We watched thee in the mornin grey;
Though thirty thousand pounds they gie,
Oh, there is nane that would betray!

Sweet's the laverock's note an lang,
Liltin wildly up the glen;
But aye to me he sings a sang,
"Will ye no come back again?"

Lyrics by Carolina, Lady Nairne.

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Raising the Standard at Glenfinnan, by Mark Churms.

Supported by the Highland Chiefs with twelve hundred highlanders present. Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his standard at Glenfinnan on the 19th August 1745. This was the start of the Forty Five which would end with the defeat of the Jacobite Army on Drumossie Moor at the battle of Culloden 16th April 1746.


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