Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond (The)
BONNIE BANKS O' LOCH LOMOND. AKA and see "Loch Lomond (1)." Scottish, March or Air (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Neil): ABC (Kerr). The tune is one of the most famous of Scots airs and appears to be based melodically on "Kind Robin Lo'es Me." It is thought to date from the year 1746, and the lyrics are supposed to refer to one of Bonnie Prince Charlie's ill-fated followers who was about to be executed for rebellion. His sweetheart had come to Carlisle, perhaps to seek his release, but he told her he would be taking the 'low road', or grave, back to Loch Lomond, where they had spent their happiest hours.
O, ye'll tak' the high road
And I'll tak' the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye;
But I and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie, banks o' Loch Lomond.
Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 3; No. 407, p. 45. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 113, p. 151.
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