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WATERS OF KYLESKU, THE. Scottish, Slow Pipe Air (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. A Scottish song from the mid-20th century, sometimes credited to David Henderson, often heard as a Highland pipe air. The tune is thought to be traditional, however. The first two stanzas of the lyric begin:

By Clebrig and Ben Loyal and the bonnie Kyle of Tongue,
The roads we oft times travelled in the days when we were young;
There's magic and there's beauty in those Hills while passing through,
There's many a mile from Melness to the Waters of Kylesku.

O'er all of Bonnie Scotland I dearly love the west,
It's bens and glens in summer time they surely are the best;
There's grandeur and there's beauty in those Hills while passing through,
There's many a mile from Lairg to the Waters of Kylesku.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 2), 1988; p. 19.

Recorded sources:




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