Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond (The)

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 Theme code Index    1132 226L5L
 Also known as    Loch Lomond (1)
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece, March/Marche
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    ABC
 Editor/Compiler    James S. Kerr
 Book/Manuscript title    Merry Melodies vol. 3
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 407, p. 45
 Year of publication/Date of MS    c. 1880's
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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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.

T:Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, The
B:Allan's Violin Gems
Z:Nigel Gatherer
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cBAG E2 DE|G2 Bd e2 dB|A4 G2 D2|G2 GA B2 AG|ABAG E2 DE|
G2 G2 G2 Bd|e4 d2 d2|e2 ge d2 Bd|cBAG E2 DE|GGBd e2 dB|A4 G2|]

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