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Thread #135081   Message #3078329
Posted By: EllenV
19-Jan-11 - 08:46 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: I Have Seen the Highlands (Matt McGinn)
Subject: Lyr Add: I HAVE SEEN THE HIGHLANDS (Matt McGinn)
I'm not positive who wrote this song, but it's been recorded (under this name or the Anglicized "I Have Seen the Highlands") by three artists that I know of: The McCallums, Matt McGinn, and Charlie Zahm.

It's a tremendous song -- as far as I can tell, authorship credits go to Matt McGinn, although I think these words (transcribed from CZ's version) differ somewhat from the original.

(Matt McGinn?)

1. I was born and bred in Scotland
In a Glasgow tenement
And when people spoke of my bonny land
I didn't know what they meant
But then I took to travel
And I roamed far and wide
And now when I sing of my native land
I sing with love and pride

CHORUS: I hae seen the hielands
I hae seen the low
And I will sing of my native land
Wherever I may go

2. Oh, Nature took the tantrum
In many an age gone by
To add to all of her wondrous works
She thought she'd have a try
She toiled and she thundered
She rumbled and she roared
She made the hielands of Scotland
The glory of the world

3. Oh, strolling down by Oban
Rolling down by Perth
On the rugged coast of Argyllshire finds
The finest place on earth
Go ramblin' in the Cuillins
See Ben Lomond in the mist
On the lovely island of Mulla
Hear the songbird at its best

4. And now that I am older
My children long since gone
I've sung to them of our glory days
As golden as the dawn
And when my years are over
And my final breath has passed
I'll ask for only my hieland hame
Where I'll take my rest