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GUEST,Dave MacKenzie Origins: The Gallowa Hills/The Braes of Galloway (14) ADD Version: The Gallowa' Hills^^^ 14 May 09


THE GALLOWA' HILLS^^^

For I'll tak' my plaidie, contentit tae be,
A wee bit kiltit abuin my knee,
An' I'll gie my pipes anither blaw
An' I'll gang oot o'er the hills tae Gallowa'.

Oh the Gallowa' Hills are covered wi' broom,
Wi' heather bells an' bonny doon;
Wi' heather bells an' riveries a',
An' I'll gang oot o'er the hills tae Gallowa'.

For say bonnie lassie, it's will ye come wi' me
Tae share your lot in a strange country,
Tae share your lot when doon fa's a',
An' I'll gang oot o'er the hills tae Gallowa'.

For I will sell my rock, I'll sell my reel,
I'll sell my Grannie's spinnin' wheel,
I will sell them a' when doon fa's a',
An' I'll gang oot o'er the hills tae Gallowa'.

As sung by Jeannie Robertson on Collector EP JES 1, "The Gallowa' Hills".

The notes to Jeannie's Lismore LP LIFL 7001 "Up the Dee an doon the Don" (which I assume were writtem by Hamish Henderson) state "Now world famous, because Jeannie's singing carried it far and wide, this song is a variant of one composed by Willie Nicholson, a gangrel musician who roamed the Galloway braes in the early years of the 19th century, blowing the Lowland (or "caul' wind") pipes. Willie's composition has in it the elements of an older Jacobite song."


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