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The Braes o' Balquhidder
By Robert Tannahill, arranged by the Tannahill Weavers
Surprisingly, over the years we have done very few songs from the pen of Robert Tannahill, so here's one more to add to that short list. The Braes o' Balquhidder (pronounced 'Balwhither') appeared twice in R. A. Smith's "Scottish Minstrel" (1821 - 1824) - Vol. I, p. 49 and Vol. IV, p. 89. The latter air is a modification of the first and is called 'The Three Carls o' Buchanan'. Fittingly enough, we've left this one to Les, the last Paisley "Buddy" in the group.


LYRICS:

Let us go, lassie, go
Tae the braes o' Balquhidder
Whar the blueberries grow
'Mang the bonnie Hielan' heather
Whar the deer and the rae
Lichtly bounding thegither
Sport the lang summer day
On the braes o' Balquhidder

I will twin thee a bow'r
By the clear silver fountain
And I'll cover it o'er
Wi' the flooers o' the mountain
I will range through the wilds
And the deep glens sae dreary
And return wi' their spoils
Tae the bow'r o' my dearie

When the rude wintry win'
Idly raves roun' oor dwellin'
And the roar o' the linn
On the nicht breeze is swellin'
So merrily we'll sing
As the storm rattles o'er us
Till the dear shielin' ring
Wi' the licht liltin' chorus

Noo the summers in prime
Wi' the flooers richly bloomin'
Wi' the wild mountain thyme
A' the moorlan's perfumin'
Tae oor dear native scenes
Let us journey thegither
Whar glad innocence reigns
'Mang the braes o' Balquhidder


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