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Thread #29462   Message #372960
Posted By: Susan-Marie
11-Jan-01 - 04:43 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Rares Hill / Reres Hill / Rare's Hill
I have this song sung by Mary Black on a tape of a T&S program. I like the tounge-in-cheek description of the seduction as "my overthrow" at the beginning of the song, but something quite different in the last verse.

I don't see it in the DT or forum, so I thought I'd add it, but I can't quite make out a few of the words (indicated by "?"). Can anyone provide corrections as needed?


Last Year at Lady Mary's Fair when I was in Dundee
I fell in with an old sweetheart, and he being on a spree
His company I did accept and with him I did go
And to my sad misfortune he proved my overthrow

We wandered east, we wandered west, we wandered through the ?lawn
He said he'd see me home that night, but home I never saw
He kept beside me all the while, resolved to have his will
And by and by we lost our way at the back of Rare's hill

And when we got to Rare's hill the lad he said to me
We can't go home tonight my dear, it's far too late you see
But the night is warm and in my ?pouch I've got another ?jig
So we can lie down here content at the back of Rare's hill

And then he poured a cup apiece to quiet all alarm
But when I woke in the morning we were locked in each other's arms
He handed me the bottle, another glass to fill
And I drank his health and ?turned away? at the back of Rare's hill

And then the lad he said to me "oh lassie do not mourn"
"For while I draw the breath of life it's you I'll never harm"
"If you will come to yonder town, my wedded wife you'll be"
"We'll be the happiest couple t'was ever in Dundee"

And it's may I never prosper and may I never thrive
In anything I take in hand as long as I'm alive
If 'ere I say I rue the day my laddie had his will
Success to Lady Mary's fair and the back of Rare's hill