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Thread #15229   Message #134845
Posted By: Alice
11-Nov-99 - 08:50 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Queen Mary's Escape / Arran Boat Song
Subject: Lyr Add: QUEEN MARY'S ESCAPE FROM LOCHLEVEN
From the Lester S. Levy sheet music website, 19th Century Scottish Ballad, here are the lyrics:

QUEEN MARY'S ESCAPE FROM LOCHLEVEN
A favorite scotch ballad
(tune also known as The Arran Boat)

Put off, put off, and row with speed,
For now is the time and the hour of need,
To oars, to oars, and trim the bark,
Nor Scotland Queen be a warder's mark;
Yon light that plays round the castle moat,
Is only the warder's random shot.
Put off, put off, and row with speed,
For now is the time and the hour of need.

Those pond'rous keys, shall the kelpies keep,
And lodge in their caverns so dark and deep,
Nor shall Lochleven's tower or hall,
Hold thee our lovely lady in thrall,
Or be the haunts of traitors sold,
While Scotland has hands and hearts so bold,
Then onward, steersman, row with speed,
For now is the time, and the hour of need.

Hark, the alarum bell has rung,
The warder's voice has treason sung,
The echos to the falconets roar,
Chime sweetly to the dashing shore,
Let tower, hall, and battlement gleam,
We steer by the light of the taper's gleam,
For Scotland and Mary, on with speed,
For now is the time, and the hour of need.

^^ anyone have info on the old recording, different tune, by Calum Kennedy?

alice flynn