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Thread #68723   Message #1164011
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
17-Apr-04 - 06:30 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Fate o' Charlie & My Bonny Hieland Laddie
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fate O' Charlie LP- help with lyrics?
It needs a tune first.

I had put together a fair bit of material relating to the other song, but a link in another thread crashed my entire blasted computer and all was lost; I don't have time at the moment to do it all again. If you look around, you'll find a different version in the DT and other related stuff, plus broadside editions at the Bodleian. Your My Bonnie Hieland Laddie appears to have been cut down from the set in Hogg (II, 115-117), with the chorus removed and a few alterations made from the broadside form. It appears as O My Bonny Highland Laddie; it's quite hazardous to "Scotticise" spellings on the basis of somebody's pronounciation on a record unless you're pretty familiar with the idiom, as there isn't a fully standardised system. It isn't Doric, incidentally; that's specifically a North Eastern dialect.

I'll get back to it in time, probably; but perhaps Dita would be kind enough to produce it? I don't have a copy of Hogg; though the text is reprinted in MacQuoid's Jacobite Songs and Ballads, I don't know how accurately.