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Welcome Royal Cherlie

Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle

Traditional, arranged by the Tannahill Weavers

 
Apparently this song was written to welcome the "bonnie prince" to Scotland's shores.  Sadly, being French, he didn't understand a single word of it.


LYRICS:

The prince who should our king ha'e been
He's wore the royal red and green
A bonnier lad was never seen
Than our brave royal Cherlie

Chorus:
   Oh and ye were lang a comin'
   Lang, lang, lang a comin'
   Oh and ye were lang a comin'
   Welcome royal Cherlie

Since our true king was sent awa'
A dighty German rules us a'
And we are forced against the law
The right belongs tae Cherlie

Chorus

We daurnae brew a peck o' maut
Or German Geordie finds a faut
And for our kail we've scarce got saut
For want o' royal Cherlie

Chorus

When Cherlie in the hielan' shiel
Was gathered by the great Lochiel
Oh what kindness did prevail
Between the chief and Cherlie 

Chorus

At Falkirk and at Prestonpans
Supported by the hieland clans
We broke the Hanoverian bands
The right belongs tae Cherlie

Chorus

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