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Thread #8414   Message #52246
Posted By: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
06-Jan-99 - 06:07 AM
Thread Name: Need Help w/ Cowden Knowes
Subject: Lyr Add: THE BROOM O THE COWDENKNOWES
I have a beautiful version of it from The Cast, Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis of Scotland. They are a husband and wife team, who sing some marvelous songs. I met them and bought The Colours of Lichen at the Celtic Colours festival in 1997. Anyway, their version of Broom of the Cowden Knowes seems very close to the original posters:

How blithe was I each morn to see
My lass come o'er the hill
She skipped the burn and ran to me
I met her wi' good will

Chorus O the broom! the bonny, bonny broom
       The broom o the Cowdenknowes
       Fain would I be in my ain country
      Herdin' my faither's yowes

We neither wanted yowe nor lamb
While the flock near us lay
She gaithered in the sheep ae nicht
Cheered me a' the day

Hard fate that I should banished be
Gang wearily and mourn
Because I lo'ed the fairest lass
That ever yet was born

Adieu, ye Cowdenknowes, adieu
Fairweel a' pleasures there
To wander by her side again
Is a' I hope or care

 

Hope that is the one you want. The Gaelic song, Buain na Rainich/Tha Mi Tinn fits the same tune wonderfully.