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Thread #26070   Message #2749402
Posted By: GUEST,Young Buchan
21-Oct-09 - 09:18 AM
Thread Name: Scottish Emigrant Songs
I initially resisted the temptation to suggest Farewell to Stirling since I think of Emigration as having some element of choice. Clearly from the last verse this is actually a Transportation song. However several people have mentioned Jimmy Raeburn and I'm not entirely sure he was going voluntarily. Anyway, you can always leave out the last verse! I used to sing this in the early seventies and eventually stopped because a certain Dominican friar, and occasional singer, called Herbert McCabe who may be remembered by some of you, used to keep refering to it as the decimalisation song!

The lark this morning in the sky
Does call aloud a mournful cry,
And I must bid a last goodbye
A last farewell to Stirling-o.

So fare you well my Jeannie dear;
For you I'll shed a bitter tear.
I hope you find another dear
When I am far from Stirling-o

No more I'll walk you in the dark
Or take you out through the King's Park
Or raise a hare from out its flat
When I am far from Stirling-o.

There's one more verse I'll sing to you
And that is to my comrades true:
My dog and gun I'll leave to you
When I am far from Stirling-o.

So fare you well for I am bound
For fourteen years to Van Diemen's Land.
So fare you well to fair Scotland
And fare you well to Stirling-o.