BY THE LOCHSIDE
As recorded by Andy Stewart
1. In the spring when the world was young, then,
And the sweet songs of youth were sung, then,
By the lochside I met a maiden
And my heart longed to call her mine.
She was fairer than words can say, man,
And her smile made the world gay, man,
But like spring time she would not stay, man,
Though my heart longed to call her mine.
CHORUS: But I would wait a thousand years, now,
I would shed a thousand tears, now,
No more sadness and no more fears, now,
If the lass let me call her mine.
2. Summer came, with her million flowers,
Summer time that was made for lovers,
Hand in hand strolling through her bowers;
But my love would not walk with me.
Warm the day when the sun is shining,
Warm the love when in love reclining.
Cold the heart that for love is pining,
Cold the love that can never be. CHORUS
3. Summer's gone and the winter's cold now,
With his grey hand has laid his hold now,
And the story of love is told now,
But the story can never end.
By the lochside a bird is singing,
Sad the song from his heart is wringing.
Now he leaves and is swiftly winging,
Leaving me waiting here alone. CHORUS
The third verse is usually sung almost as a lament. The first two verses are normally in "march time".