Loch Lomond

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By yon bonnie banks
And by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright
On Loch Lomond,
Where me and my true love
Were ever want to gae
On the bonnie, bonnie banks
O' Loch Lomond.

O' ye'll tak' the high road
And I'll tak' the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye;
But way in my heart
Until we meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks
O' Loch Lomond.

‘Twas there that we parted
In yon shady glen,
On the steep, steep side o' Ben Lomond,
Where in deep purple hue,
The Highland hills we view,
And the moon coming out in the gloaming.

O' ye'll tak' the high road
And I'll tak' the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye;
But way in my heart
Until we meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks
O' Loch Lomond.

The wee bird may sing,
And the wild flowers spring,
And in sunshine the waters are sleeping,
But the broken heart
It sees nae second spring
And the world does na ken
How we're greetin'.

O' ye'll tak' the high road
And I'll tak' the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye;
But way in my heart
Until we meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks
O' Loch Lomond.



Although not true, folklore has it that these words were written by a captured Jacobite soldier in Carlisle Castle in 1745.  Two soldiers were captured.  One lived (took the high road) and the other was executed.



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