Loch Lomond song Choir
|The Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond|
|Album: The Flowers of Scotland
Album: Rob Roy and the MacGregors
This song was written by a MacGregor of Glen Endrick, who was jailed, along with a friend, in Carlisle England in 1746. The author had been comdemned to death for his support of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 1745 uprising, while his friend was going to be set free. The song tells of the old Celtic myth that the soul of a Scot who dies outside his homeland will find it's way back home by the spiritual road, or the low road. So he condemned man says to his friend: "You take the high road and I'll take the low road, and I'll be in Scotland afore ye..."
Loch Lomond is an old Jacobite Air. It is based on an older folk tune Robin Cushie (Kind Robin Loves Me), in McGibbons Scots Tunes Book I, dated 1742. The words are attributed to Lady John Scott (1810-1900) who adapted a broadside by Sanderson of Edinburgh (1838). The version we are familiar with today is said to have first appreared in print in Poets and Poetry of Scotland (1876).
|By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
Me and my true love were ever wont to gae
On the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond
'Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen
The wee birdies sing and the wild flowers spring
gloaming: twilight, dusk